Meighan L. Sharp M.F.A. ’11 and Chad Temples M.F.A. ’08 are two of the 50 emerging writers whose poems have been chosen for publication in the annual anthology,Best New Poets.
This year, nearly 4,000 poems were considered from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an Open Internet Competition. Typically, a group of four to five readers reviews each manuscript and recommends between 120 and 200 semi-finalists to Best New Poets’ guest editor, who selects the winners. Award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy, whose work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and Best American Poetry, was the anthology’sguest editor for 2013.
Sharp’s “Beyond Measure,” previously published in DIALOGIST, and Temples’ “Walking, Talking, Singing” earned the poets their inclusion among what Jazzy Danzinger of Best New Poets calls “our outrageously talented final 50.”
Best New Poets is currently published by Meridian and Samovar Press. Thanks to a partnership with the University of Virginia Press, the anthology is distributed through Ingram and Baker & Taylor directly to bookstores. Best New Poets is also available for purchase through various online outlets.
Hollins University’s Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop/Online (TMWW/O) is returning this fall with three new eight-week workshops to help writers of all abilities grow their craft through online learning.
TMWW/O’s Fall 2014 session takes place September 29 – November 22. It features noncredit workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that are designed for writers eager to produce new work on a flexible schedule. The workshops are taught by published professionals who are all graduates of Hollins’ nationally recognized creative writing program.
Program Director Luke Johnson is excited about the changes TMWW/O is introducing with the fall session and their benefit to enrollees.
“We’ve reduced the duration of the workshops from ten weeks to eight based on feedback we received from our community of writers,” he explains. “We’ve also reduced the cost of the workshops from $750 to $500.”
Johnson adds that the workshops have been restructured to further enable participants to enjoy “lively conversation and immediate feedback.” He notes that enrollment for each workshop will continue to be limited to 15 students to ensure students can fully engage with faculty and fellow writers.
TMWW/O will offer the following workshops this fall:
Making Poems. Writing new poems is the goal of this workshop taught by Will Schutt, winner of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets award. It will include formal writing exercises. Students will have ample opportunity to share and discuss their writing with their peers, and address questions of craft with the instructor. Participants will also read and consider works by contemporary American poets.
Writing Your Life: Creative Nonfiction. Students will read the writing of acclaimed creative nonfiction writers such as Annie Dillard and produce their own personal narratives. Participants will discover their own writing and each other’s while fostering a community centered on careful observation, critical encouragement, and crafting compelling stories. This workshop is taught by Luke Johnson, TMWW/O program director and author of the 2011 poetry collection, After the Ark.
Forays in Storytelling: Elements of Short Fiction. Part reading, part writing, and all investigation, this workshop will explore what makes a good story. Led by Michael Overa, who has taught writing throughout the Seattle area and whose work has appeared in the Portland Review, Quiet, Pindeldyboz and the Denver Syntax, among others, Forays in Storytelling will challenge students to write and discuss original short fiction beyond their self-imposed boundaries.
“By connecting writers across the country,” Johnson says, “we hope to allow the writing and sharing of creative work to continue well after each session has ended. With an emphasis on voice, form, and metaphor, our goal is to help you become a better writer.”
The deadline for registering for the TMWW/O Fall 2014 session is September 22.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Carrie Brown’s most recent novel, The Last First Day, is one of three finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 2014 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction.
The library calls The Last First Day ”an exquisitely written story of abiding love.” Kirkus Reviews describes the novel as “bittersweet with nostalgia, surprisingly sensual and sharply nuanced in its depiction of the strains and rewards that shape any long marriage.”
Brown previously won the Library of Virginia’s fiction prize in 2001 for The Hatbox Baby and in 2005 for Confinement. Her 2008 novel, The Rope Walk, was a finalist for the award.
The Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction will be announced on Saturday, October 18, at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration Honoring Virginia Authors and Friends.
S.H. Lohmann ’08, M.F.A. ’12 and Brittney Scott M.F.A. ’10 are two of the poets whose work is featured in Best New Poets 2014, an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers that will be published this November.
Each year, a guest editor selects poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open internet competition. This year’s guest editor, award-winning poet and author Dorianne Laux, chose Lohmann’s “Lullaby” and Scott’s “The Money Shot.”
Launched in 2005, the Best New Poets anthology series is published by Samovar Press/University of Virginia Press.