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How to Publish the Full Length Poetry Manuscript

Sunday, August 14, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Garden C

You will strategize how to make manuscripts stand out from the hundreds of others on an editor’s desk. You will discuss the power of the cover letter, how poems rub against each other through association or theme, and how to create sections that aren’t arbitrary. You will explore techniques to strengthen manuscripts by creating mini-manuscripts consisting of poems in a variety of orders. You will strategize to know where to send to, what to do upon acceptance and afterward. Through this conversation you will learn to scrutinize your own manuscripts the way editors do.


Willa Schneberg

Willa Schneberg has five poetry collections: In The Margins of The World, recipient of the Oregon Book Award; Box Poems; Storytelling In Cambodia; the letterpress chapbook The Books of Esther and her most recent work, Rending the Garment. Willa has read at the Library of Congress, her poems were heard on The Writer’s Almanac, and she was a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. Poems have appeared in American Poetry Review; Salmagundi; Poet Lore; I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights, and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, among other publications.