another poetry podcast

December 17, 2019

Thanks to Rick Lupert and Poetry Super Highway, we’ve learned of a recent podcast series that somehow escaped our notice. Hosted by Tresha Faye Haefner and Kelly Grace Thomas, The Poetry Salon-Cast is the podcast arm of the Los Angeles-based Poetry Salon.

In each of the nine episodes, the hosts interview a favorite poet about the poet’s work, inspiration, and editing tips. (Interviewees include Cascadia-based poet Jeannine Hall Gailey.) The Poetry Salon-Cast is available on Audioboom, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.

This is a guest post by Carey Taylor.

You write poems. You workshop poems. You submit poems to literary journals and some get accepted. Finally, you have a collection for a book and a small press publishes it. Then, just before it is scheduled for release you realize you have no promotion plan and you start to panic.

Don’t. Just order Jeannine Hall Gailey’s book, PR for Poets – A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing (Two Sylvias Press, 2018) and start reading. You will find you can breathe again, and you will have hope that if you follow her advice someone might actually read your poems.

PR for Poets is a book stuffed with ideas and practical strategies to begin either a dive into the deep end or a wade into the kiddie pool of promoting your work, with assurances from Gailey that starting at either place, or anywhere in between, is just fine.

After years as a successful author, Gailey shares from her own experience tips and detailed examples of how to get your poems out into the world. While there are too many tips to share here, I have included four suggestions from PR for Poets I myself have found helpful.

  1. Set up a website. I did this when I first started writing poems. I am glad I did as I would be overwhelmed doing this with a new book release. It also allows you to slowly build a community of followers.
  2. Order business cards. This seems basic, but it is a great way to promote your book/work and have all your contact/social media information easily available when people ask for it.
  3. Set up a Facebook “page” separate from your personal account. This allows you to build a poetry-only community, to both share your work and to support other poets.
  4. Plan a launch party. As Gailey says: many people aren’t excited about poetry readings, but no one hates a party! Frankly, writing a book is a lot of work, and if you have done that, you deserve some cake and bubbly.

Reading PR for Poets is like having coffee with a best friend who shares all their hard earned secrets with you because they want you to be successful too. I highly recommend this book for all poets serious about promoting their work.

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Carey Taylor is a poet from Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Cirque, Clover: A Literary Rag, Off the Coast, Snapdragon, Dodging the Rain (Ireland) and others. She is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press, 2018) and when not worrying about earthquakes she enjoys hiking, traveling and a good scotch whisky. You can find her at careyleetaylor.com or on Facebook @Cascadia.Poet. You can also hear Carey Taylor read from The Lure of Impermanence on Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA, and Tuesday, August 28, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA.

Poets in the Park 2016

The annual Poets in the Park poetry festival, picnic and book fair is coming to Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and it promises to be an action-packed day.

Festival highlights include a RASP reading; a featured reading by Redmond poet laureate, Shin Yu Pai; Band of Poets (with music); a performance of the Persephone myth; bilingual readings; a “Poets Against Hate” performance; and readings from such groups as Maltby Women Poets, Rose Alley Press, MoonPath Press, StringTown, Jack Straw Writers, Striped Water, and Noisy Water anthology poets, among others.

Admission is free, including 55-minute workshops by David Horowitz, Mike Hickey, Christopher Luna, and Jeannine Hall Gailey. There will be plenty of open-mic reading opportunities (one featuring poems by dead poets only); a Poetic Sensory Walk in Urban Nature led by Kim Dietz; numerous vendors, including Black Heron Press, Rose Alley Press, Redmond Historical Society, LiTFUSE, VALA Art Center, Jim Teeters and “My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun”; mini-golf, chalk art, Haiku on Sticks; and family-friendly art and craft activities.

To see the complete schedule, go to Poets in the Park and scroll down. There’s more Poets in the Park on Facebook. Bring your lunch and come enjoy a day of Poetry in the Park!

Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch, with additional thanks to Rebecca Willow, Sammamish Kiwanis, Redmond Kiwanis, and many volunteers.

Thursday at Jack Straw

April 15, 2015

Gailey at Jack Straw

You are invited to a book launch for Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s fourth collection of poetry, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The event will be MC’d by Evan J. Peterson and the opening reader will be Kelli Russell Agodon. See what others have said about The Robot Scientist’s Daughter and then go hear for yourself. Should be a lively evening.

laurelWith this month’s re-appointment of U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Natasha Trethewey (she is also State Poet Laureate of Mississippi), who will serve for a second term (2013-2014), we thought it an auspicious time to consider Poets Laureate closer to home. Here is a brief introduction, with links (if available) where you can find announcements, bios, poetry and scheduled readings.

Kathleen Flenniken is Washington State Poet Laureate (2012-2014). In addition to her own writing and an ambitious schedule of readings, workshops and other appearances, Kathleen maintains The Far Field, a growing, online collection of works by poets in Washington.

Richard (Dick) Brugger is Poet Laureate for the city of Auburn, Washington (2012-2015).

Christopher Luna is serving as the Poet Laureate for Clark County, Washington (2013-2014).

Jeannine Hall Gailey is Poet Laureate for Redmond, Washington (2012-2013). See also Jeannine’s Poetry in Redmond blog.

Lucas Smiraldo is Poet Laureate for the city of Tacoma, Washington (2013-2015).

Ina Whitlock is serving as Vashon Island’s Poet Laureate (2013-2015) and Vashon also has two students who serve as Youth Poets Laureate.

Patrick Knowles is Poet Laureate for the town of Yacolt, Washington, which happens to be in Clark County (see Christopher Luna, above).

In addition to our regional laureates, the Poetry Foundation-appointed Children’s Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, happens to live in Spokane, Washington, so we include him here.

And, to be neighborly, we should also mention Paulann Petersen, serving her second term as the Poet Laureate of Oregon; Evelyn Lau, the Poet Laureate of Vancouver, BC; Janet Marie Rogers, Poet Laureate of Victoria, BC; Fred Wah, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada; and Brady Udall, Writer in Residence for the state of Idaho. (Note: Udall, whose term ends June 30, 2013, is a novelist. He will be replaced as Writer in Residence by poet Diane Raptosh, who is also serving as the first Poet Laureate for the city of Boise.)

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