S224. Published! From Poetry Manuscript to First Book

Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Finding a publisher for your first book of poetry can take years of submissions, revisions, and countless questions. How do you structure a manuscript? Where to submit? After the contract is signed, what is your role in the editorial and marketing process? What happens after the book comes out? Five award-winning poets who recently published their first full-length books will share their diverse paths to publication and advice on how to navigate the world of contests and small presses.



Sarah Browning is Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and co-editor of DC Poets Against the War, she is an Institute for Policy Studies Associate Fellow and she co-hosts Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.

Melissa Tuckey's book Tenuous Chapel was chosen by Charles Simic for the 2012 ABZ First Book Poetry Prize. Her work has been recognized with support from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and by the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. 

Emma Trelles is the author of Little Spells and Tropicalia, winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and a finalist for ForeWord Review's Poetry Book of the Year. She teaches creative writing, most recently at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference.

Lauren K. Alleyne is the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor at the University of Dubuque. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell University, and she is a Cave Canem graduate. Her first collection of poetry, Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming in February 2014.

Yvette Neisser Moreno is the author of Grip, winner of the 2011 Gival Press Poetry Award. Her poetry translations from Spanish include Difficult Beauty by Luis Alberto Ambroggio and South Pole/Polo Sur by María Teresa Ogliastri. She teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.


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