In Method and Mystery Tresha Faye Haefner, M.A. Humanistic Psychology/Creativity Studies and founder of teaching institute The Poetry Salon explores the fascinating, unpredictable and enriching process of facilitating a poetry writing workshop. She offers clear insight into how teachers can create the ideal conditions for their students to access that most mysterious of realms, the place from which inspiration springs. This book is for both independent and institutional writing teachers who want a new, research-based approach to take their students to deep places. Teachers will receive:•Penetrating insights about their proper role in the creative process • Guidelines for how to set ideal conditions for students to access authentic creativity, build confidence in their voice, and savor the profound thrill of making poetry • Tried and true methods for helping students master essential techniques • Practical, research-based tools for creating effective writing prompts that take writers to inspirational, unexpected places • 60 ready-to-use writing prompts for all skill levels.
Paperback, 186 Pages, Independently Published, March 2019
Want to get your poetry published? There’s no better tool for making it happen than Poet’s Market 2020, which includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online poetry publications, contests, and more. These listings include contact information, submission preferences, insider tips on what specific editors want, and–when offered–payment information.
In addition to the completely updated listings, the 33nd edition of Poet’s Market offers articles devoted to the craft and business of poetry, including the art of finishing a poem, ways to promote your new book, habits of highly productive poets, and more.
Paperback, 480 Pages Writer’s Digest Books, November 2019
With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built—meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space.
“Mary Oliver would probably never admit to anything so grandiose as an effort to connect the conscious mind and the heart (that’s what she says poetry can do), but that is exactly what she accomplishes in this stunning little handbook.”—Los Angeles Times
Paperback, 130 Pages, Mariner Books, August 2015