S209. Lessons from The Grind: Fostering an Online Writing Community

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Even the most isolated of writers must find community. The Grind has been one such online space, including now scores of writers, each committed to one demand—writing one complete piece every day and then sharing with each other. Over the last six years, writers in The Grind have produced dozens of published books and fostered exploration, innovation, and practice. Five participants share their work completed during the Grind and discuss how to (and not to) create online writing communities.



Ross White’s poems have appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets 2012, Poetry Daily, and others. With Matthew Olzmann, he co-edited Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Broek is the Managing Editor of the online journal Mead and the author of the chapbook The Logic of Yoo. His poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Literary Review, Blackbird, and Literary Imagination.

Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award; her poetry collection, Viral, will be published in Sept. 2013. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, and Rattapallax. She's a poetry editor at Mead.

Jamaal May is the author of Hum. Recent work can be found in Poetry, the Believer, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and NER. A Stadler Fellow, he is currently series editor and graphic designer for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press. His short poetry films can be found on Youtube.

Matthew Olzmann is the author of Mezzanines, selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize.The poetry editor of The Collagist, he currently teaches at Warren Wilson College.


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