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Poetry Consultations with Erica Wright

During the month of September, Black Lawrence Press author Erica Wright is on board to critique poetry manuscripts.

Erica Wright is the author of two poetry collections, Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is the Poetry Editor at Guernica Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her latest book is a collection of essays, Snake, for Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series.

Erica is accepting single poems, folios, chapbooks, and full-length collections for critique. The fees and parameters for each of these categories are as follows:

– Single poems, up to 2 pages in length, $20
– Folios, up to 7 pages in length, not to include more than 5 poems, $50
– Chapbooks, 16-40 pages in length, $195
– Full-length collections, 45-80 pages in length $325

All manuscripts should be formatted in 12-point font.

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is September 30. Erica will complete her work and respond to all participants by October 31.

Consultations

Poetry Consultations with Erica Wright

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Statement of Purpose

In my favorite craft essay, “Writing Off the Subject,” Richard Hugo offers the following advice: “When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you’ll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good.” And it’s thrilling, isn’t it, to be in that room by yourself, working on something that matters to you. You might find as the days (and months and years) progress that new themes emerge, unexpected images and lines. Writing can feel a bit magical.

The process doesn’t end in that empty room, though. Eventually you’ll want to share your poems or manuscript, which is why it can be useful to consult with an editor. Sometimes a fresh perspective is needed when trying to determine what’s working and what’s missing. I’m also happy to hear from writers on their independently determined goals. If you think it’s time to open your door and let someone peek over your shoulder, I can help.

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Erica Wright

Erica Wright is the author of two poetry collections, Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is the Poetry Editor at Guernica Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her latest book is a collection of essays, Snake, for Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series.

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