Listen and converse with established poets as they focus in on a variety of areas in the crafting of poetry. Topics include poems/poets that shaped how they think about poetry, how they consider aesthetic issues and the composition of their own poetry, and/or the use of poetic techniques in their own and/or others’ poems. Question and answer to follow talk and all are invited.
Michelle Bitting’s third collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth (C & R Press), named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. She has poems published or forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review, Vinyl Poetry, Plume, Diode, Tabula Poetica, Tupelo Quarterly, the Paris-American, AJP, Green Mountains Review, Catamaran, and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, (including Best of the Net 2017 from Thrush Poetry Journal) and recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly poetry contests. Michelle won the 2018 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, and a fourth collection, Broken Kingdom won the Catamaran Prize and is due out fall, 2018. Michelle is a PhD candidate and joins the faculty at Loyola Marymount University this fall as a Lecturer in Poetry and Creative Writing Studies. www.michellebitting.com