I travel and teach all over the United States and work with diverse groups of individuals in a variety of learning environments, from large-group speaking engagements to small gatherings of committed vocational creatives. I would love to come speak on poetics, creativity, spirituality, contemplative practice, and writing to your students, school, parish, congregation, retreatants, or creative group. Please contact me directly with any queries.
As a teacher, I seek to foster the following in my work with students of all kinds, at all levels:
+ Create diverse presentations of materials, attentive to the nuances of race, gender, learning style and other individual needs
+ Forge an accessible environment where seeking and risk-taking are welcomed liabilities to learning
+ Teach communities and individuals the value of creative practice over aesthetic quality, without neglecting the importance of the former at the expense of the latter
+ Provide pragmatic tools for communities and individuals to engage contemplative living, create positive cultural/social change, and discover innovative approaches to creation
Wondering how to place poems in journals? Wondering how to arrange your book? Wondering how to cultivate new work or sustain a daily writing routine? I'm happy to work with you directly on individual poems, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry. I also work as a writing coach, giving practical tips and tools for authors seeking to learn about writing, publishing, or fostering routines of creativity.
Working directly with you, services include:
+ Detailed commentary and editing on poems and consideration of style, lineation, titles, and prosody
+ Feedback on manuscript arrangement and structure
+ Manuscript discussion meetings via video chat, phone, or other digital communication (client's preference)
+ Reading suggestions, exercises, and writing plans for creation and revision
+ Pragmatic tools for organization of the publication process including suggestions on cover letters, submission venues, and planning