Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things upon my return from Boston.

A sign at an entrance to Boston Common, “founded 1634.”

1. Last Thursday evening found me at Harvard Hillel, where I was hosted for a beautiful event organized around my new poetry book, Birthright. I was mightily impressed by the two students who’d read the book and joined up to interview me about it. (And I’ve been thinking of them as Harvard has announced its plans for managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 [COVID-19].)

2. Friday was my chief day at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in downtown Boston. It was a pleasure to meet my co-panelists for an afternoon session on “Narrative Poetry: Contemporary Poets Summoning Stories” and learn about their work. (If you want to check out my session remarks, you’ll find them here, preceded by the one-pager featuring panelist names and bios that I prepared in keeping with the second suggestion mentioned in this article.)

3. My final professional event for this trip was a seminar on book promotion/publicity that I led at Grub Street. (It was while walking to Grub that I snapped the photo above.) I’m grateful to the small but mighty group that spent precious weekend hours with me—and I’m looking forward to revisiting much of the material we covered in Boston in an online version that I’ll be offering on March 22 (via Hidden Timber Books).

A sign at an entrance to Boston Common, "founded 1634."

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