The International
Women's Writing Guild

Poetry Mavens and Mayhem: Poetry Critiques

  • Friday, May 01, 2020
  • Friday, July 31, 2020
  • ONLINE WET.INK

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Poetry Mavens and Mayhem: Poetry Critiques by Cynthia Manick

Duration: 3 months

Good poems will bridge craft (metaphor, line, and image) and heart (that thing that is unique to each and every poet.) But those poems take time and fostering to get there. Join poet Cynthia Manick for Poetry Mavens and Mayhem, a 3-month community of poetry critiques using the WetInk platform. Participants will have 2 poems critiqued in writing by Cynthia per month, as well as written critiques by their peers, and a bi-weekly prompt offered by Cynthia for inspiration. In critique we will ask: What images or lines stand out? Where is the heart or creative spark of the poem? and What else does the reader need to know to inhabit the poem fully? Join us as we build community while becoming better poets.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and editor of Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Château de la Napoule among others. Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, Manick was also awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. She is founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue; and her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month. A performer at literary festivals, libraries, universities, and most recently the Brooklyn Museum, Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day SeriesCallalooLos Angeles Review of Books (LARB), The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently serves on the editorial board of Alice James Books and resides in Brooklyn, New York. Read her latest interview here.