a month of poetry prompts

November 12, 2020

If your poetry writing is feeling a little same-old, same-old, throw open the window onto a month of poetry prompts with the Two Sylvias Press Advent Calendar. All new prompts for 2020 will offer plenty of inspiration and remain available online through January 2021. Learn more about the Advent Calendar (for yourself or as a gift) and other treats available from Two Sylvias Press.

Two Sylvias in Forbes

April 11, 2020

In-depth coverage of an indie poetry press is not exactly what you’d expect from Forbes. But there it is: “How Poetry Publisher Two Sylvias Press Operates And Selects New Authors” by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Happy National Poetry Month to Kelli Russell Agodon, Annette Spaulding-Convy, and Two Sylvias Press!

delivered fresh

March 20, 2020

How about a fresh, juicy prompt delivered to your email every morning of April, National Poetry Month? Two Sylvias Press has an all-new round of daily prompts lined up and ready for you. If you’d like some feedback on one of your poems, that option is available too. Write a poem a day in April and by May first, you have a chapbook!

get ready

March 28, 2019

With National Poetry Month right around the corner, this is a good time to get your ducks, or at least your prompts, in a row. Two Sylvias Press is offering an all-new batch of 30 Prompts for National Poetry Month, delivered fresh to your email box each day of April. There’s a small fee (less than 50 cents a prompt!) or, if you’d like to have one of your poems critiqued, you can pay a little extra and get a line-by-line critique by one of the editors of Two Sylvias Press.

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.

more summer planning

June 9, 2018

Two Sylvias Press is once again offering their four-week Online Poetry Retreat(s), designed to help you fine-tune your poetry with critiques by a guest poet. This year’s poets include Adrian Blevins, Jennifer Jean, January Gill O’Neil, Susan Rich, Diane Seuss, and Jennifer K. Sweeney.

Participants receive poetry prompts, example poems, creativity suggestions, and reflection questions to inspire their writing, all via email.

There are two summer sessions and one fall session available, each with limited enrollment: July 2 – 29; August 6 – September 2; and October 1 – 28. Past participants are encouraged to return, with all-new prompts, exercises, and reflection questions on offer.

See the full details on the Two Sylvias Online Poetry Retreat page.

it’s back!

November 30, 2017

Don’t let your poetry practice get swept away by the distractions of the season. Join Two Sylvias Press for daily prompts to help you write 31 new poems in December. Visit the Two Sylvias Press 2017 Online Advent Calendar of Poetry Prompts page for all the details.

get inspired!

June 13, 2017

It’s time again for the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat: four weeks of new prompts, writing exercises, inspiration and critiques offered by the editors of Two Sylvias Press (Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy).

There are two sessions: June 26 – July 23 (July session) and July 31 – August 27 (August session). Find all the details and registration information on the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat page.

rescuing December

October 21, 2016

Two Sylvias Press Online Advent Calendar of Poetry Prompts

Two Sylvias Press is prepared to give your December a poetry-writing boost. ​The brand new Two Sylvias Press Advent Calendar is filled with surprise prompts to help you write 31 new poems in December! Get the details and sign up at Two Sylvias Press (and while you’re there, check out the other swell stuff in the Two Sylvias Store).

(Not to steal any thunder from Two Sylvias, but if you happen to be an advent calendar nut, you might also want to skibble over to The 2016 Short Story Advent Calendar.)

Two Sylvias Summer 2016

We recently featured a rather hefty list of upcoming summer festivals and retreats in the Cascadia region. In case that wasn’t enough to get your poetic juices flowing — or in case you expect to spend your summer at your desk — here’s one more option.

Two Sylvias Press is offering two Online Poetry Retreats — June 27 – July 22, 2016 and August 1 – August 26, 2016. Participating poets will receive prompts, inspiration, a book and critiques by cofounders and editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. Read more about the retreats and sign up on the Two Sylvias website.

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