Legendary Women
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Legendary Women

A beautiful interview by Margaret Bates. Thank you, Margaret. Here’s an excerpt of “Sitting Down with the Women of The Watering Hole.” What do you think are challenges that face both writers and performers of poetry (whether written or spoken word)? It all comes back to craft for the stage and page poet. Poetry is...

5 Tips for Managing Stress in the Classroom
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5 Tips for Managing Stress in the Classroom

Most professional poets make their money in another industry, the most popular being education. Jennifer Bartell, who has taught for more than a decade in both high school and university, has 5 tips for managing stress in the classroom.

5 Tips for Supporting Local Businesses and Organizations
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5 Tips for Supporting Local Businesses and Organizations

People always offer to help local orgs/businesses. The problem is that they either don’t know what’s helpful, don’t realize the amount of work it takes, or the org/business doesn’t know what they need or how to ask for it. Tanisha Hall, who runs The Writer’s Block and @ACoupleOfCooksSC in Columbia, SC has some thoughts on...

Poeting while Parenting
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Poeting while Parenting

Lucille Clifton is one of the many notable poet-parents who found a way to balance art and family duties. Here are 5 tips on how to improve this work-life balance.

De-depressing (esp. during the holidays)
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De-depressing (esp. during the holidays)

Haki Madhabuti says poets should write alone but never be alone. In the new millennium, everyone is more and more isolated. Here are 5 personal tips from Jennifer Bartell on avoiding depression during the holidays.

Revising Poems
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Revising Poems

Revising is the crux of improvement in any field. Re-vising. Re-envisioning. Seeing the work again for the first time. Breaking it apart and putting it together in a new way. After a while, it become play. Here are some tips to get you started.

What to Expect from Attending Your First Poetry Slam
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What to Expect from Attending Your First Poetry Slam

Each slam is unique. The poetry and topics vary widely.  Maybe you’ve been to a slam. Maybe you haven’t. You walk into a room full of people you don’t know, don’t know what to expect, and don’t know what to do. Here are some 5 tips to help you out.