Sunday, October 17, 2010

Poets Diane Wakoski, Lola Haskins, Terri Witek on Notebook Writer with Mike Marcellino

Notebook Writer with Mike Marcellino

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Notebook Writer with Mike Marcellino

Notebook Writer previews the Other Words Conference, sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and hosted by Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida Nov. 4-7. The theme of this year's conference is "Writing About Something."

Attracting writers from across Florida and from several states, the conference features a number of panel discussions on the theme, along with panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration and others. Ten small presses will participate.

Mike talks with co-organizers Jim Wilson, creative writing professor at Flagler College, and Rick Campbell, director of Anhinga Press, a founder of the conference, and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Rick teaches English at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL.

Mike's guests are three conference presenters – Florida poets Terri Witek and Lola Haskins and Michigan poet Diane Wakoski.

Terri Witek is author of The Shipwreck Dress (Orchises Press, 2008, Florida Book Award Medalist), Carnal World (Story Line Press, 2006), Fools and Crows (Orchises Press, 2003), Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (University of Missouri Press, 1993). A new book, Exit Island, will appear in 2012. She teaches English at Stetson University, where she holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing.

Lola Haskins ninth collection of poems, Still, the Mountain, has just been published by Paper Kite Press. Her tenth, The Grace to Leave, is coming from Anhinga in 2011. In-print collections include Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2004), Extranjera (Story Line, 1998) and The Rim Benders (Anhinga, 2001) and Hunger (University of Iowa Press, 1993-- winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize). She teaches in Pacific Lutheran University's low residency MFA program

Diane Wakoski, described as an "important and moving poet" by Paul Zweig in the New York Times Book Review, was born in southern California, lived and began her poetry career in New York City from 1960–1973. Since 1975, she has been Poet in Residence at Michigan State University, where she continues to teach as university distinguished professor.

Her poetry has been published in more than twenty collections and many slim volumes. Emerald Ice won the William Carlos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America in 1989. The Butcher’s Apron is her most recent book, and, currently, she is working on a three-volume project, poetry as autobiography, of which the first volume, Blue Noir: 1956–68, is complete. She is actively looking for a publisher for a collection of her new poems, The Diamond Dog.