This week we welcome Elaine Fletcher Chapman (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) as our guest blogger. Elaine holds an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars where she works as Alumni Liaison. She founded The Writer’s Studio where she teaches writing and presents poetry readings in the Historic Cokesbury Church in Onancock, Virginia. Elaine is a psychotherapist in private practice and provides life coaching for artists. Her poems have been published in Connotation, The Sun, Calyx, Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and elsewhere. Green River Press (Wyn Cooper & Shawna Parker) published her letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude. She is the author of a nonfiction book, The Therapist’s Diary; a volume of verse, Hunger for Salt; and Three Ridges, Three Seasons: Haibun and Photography, a contemplative collaboration with the photographer, Robert M. Chapman. These books are yet to find publishers.
In other news . . .
Celebrate 25 Years of The Best American Poetry! Pre-Order a Copy and Save the dates for launch readings:
Boston - April 4, 6:00 PM: Metcalf Building, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor, Boston, MA. With Robert Pinsky, David Lehman, Frank Bidart, Carl Phillips, Lloyd Schwartz, Charles Simic, Rosanna Warren, and Franz Wright. Details here.
NYC - April 11, 7:00 PM: The New School, Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY. With Robert Pinsky, David Lehman, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Richard Howard, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sarah Manguso, J.D. McClatchy, Paul Muldoon, Meghan O'Rourke,Thomas Sleigh, Susan Wheeler, and C. K. Williams. Details here.
"To celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, Lehman asked former poet laureate Pinsky to select 100 "best of the best." The result is a concentrated, high-caliber, and exhilarating overview of the intensity and artistry that have made American poetry so splendidly varied and vital since 1988."
Donna Seaman, Booklist