• Wednesdays: August 11, 18, 25
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • Free to Members and Non-members

Have you ever wondered where a poem comes from? What inspires poetry? How a poem should look on the page? Ever wondered if the poet writes for themselves or the reader? Four outstanding national poets will discuss three or four of their favorite poems and share with you the inspiration and style involved in writing and the meaning and importance to the poet of each poem and the poet’s hope for the reader’s understanding. There will be time for you to tell the poet about what the poem meant to you. This relaxed Zoom “Fireside Chat” will be informative and fun for the experienced as well as the new writer of poetry.

August 11: Jacqueline Murray Loring is an award-winning poet, a produced playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. She compiled, edited and published both Summer Home Review Volume I & II. In 2012, she won the Doire Press Irish International Poetry Prize for her collection The History of Bearing Children published in Galway. She was the 2020 recipient of the Parris Award, SouthWest Writers’ most prestigious award. Dan Wetmore is a writer of poetry and short fiction who has one published volume of poetry (My Mother’s Gentle Unbecoming), another in contest circulation for publication, and two more in the wings. He is also knee-deep in his first novel, and has been a member of SouthWest Writers for almost five years.

August 18: Preston H. Hood III, a former Navy Seal, lives in Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in Salamander, Nimrod, Rattle, Michigan Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. His books include, A Chill I Understand, (2006) and The Hallelujah of Listening, (2011). Beauty Is a Cardinal won the 2018 27th Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest.

August 25: Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry and two of short fiction, most recently Impossibly Small Spaces. She publishes in Ireland (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press) and in the United States. Her books have been taught in college classes in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

To Register:

Call the SWW office at 505-830-6034, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–noon or use our online forms below.

#1 August 11Jacqueline Murray Loring and Dan Wetmore
Poetry Chat Registration for August 11.

#2 August 18Preston H. Hood III
Poetry Chat Registration for August 18.

#3 August 25Lisa C. Taylor
Poetry Chat Registration for August 25.

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