DIY MFA Poetry Summit

Cross sections of prose and poetry, community and craft.

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I had a great time chatting with Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA for this year’s Poetry Summit. We talked about much more than just prose poetry, but that was the heartbeat of the session, since it’s what links us. Here’s the story: I first met Gabriela (on a phone call!) in 2014 when I was brought on to write a few articles for DIY MFA site. The year before in 2013, I had founded The Poetry Lab and I was intensely interested in the “DIY” approach to learning. My first article for DIY MFA was called “Image in the World Around You.” It was a crash course on how to spice up your image-making for poetry. My second article is one that has grown in popularity over the years, to the point where I’ve encountered it in surprising places out in the world, that article is “The Poet’s Revolt: A Brief Guide to the Prose Poem.” Maybe it’s the idea of rebellion that appeal to writers–it certainly was part of my falling in love with prose poetry–or the fact that the article offers a definition of prose poetry for those who want it and permission to blow up that definition for those who need it.

Either way, it’s a highlight for me and something I’ve always wanted to expand on in my work. I’ve written a chapbook made entirely of prose poems, and I’ve taught several prose poem workshops, but I’d love to write down more of my thoughts on the form. Hopefully, I will have time to do that soon. For now, you can listen in on my chat with Gabriela! Here is the poem I read during the podcast, as well as some other prose poems of mine published over the years:

Call Script for the Reporting of Bad and Erratic Behavior – published in Poets Reading the News

Disappearing Index – published in Sidekick

Knowledge (v). – published in Cider Press Review

Assembling the Brother – published in Connotation Press

Check out the other poets featured in this year’s Poetry Summit including Kim Addonizio (!!), Brendan Constantine, Marilyn Singer, Marcus Omari, and many others.