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Sunday, May 6 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Building an Online Writing Community: Lessons from the Poetry Cleanse FILLING

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All writers need community. For the last two years, a group of 20+ poets from Massachusetts and beyond have participated in a monthly online Poetry Cleanse: a week-long sprint where each member commits to writing something (a new poem, a revision, even just a line) and sharing it with the group each day. Poems from the Cleanse have been widely published and the exchange has provided inspiration and the opportunity to practice and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Five participants read work that arose from the Cleanse, discuss how the community and the accountability it fosters has affected their poetry practice, and share lessons learned in order to help participants create their own online writing communities.

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K. T. Landon

K. T. Landon is the author of "Orange, Dreaming" (Five Oaks Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in North American Review, Narrative, and Tinderbox Poetry Review and  and was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017.

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Jennifer Martelli

Vox Editor, The Mom Egg
Author of "My Tarantella," (forthcoming from Bordighera Press), "The Uncanny Valley," (BigTable Publishing), and "After Bird" (Grey Book Press).Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cleaver, Glass Poetry Journal, and The Baltimore Review. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Rebecca Hart Olander

Writing Teacher / Westfield State University, Editor & Director / Perugia Press
Rebecca Hart Olander holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared recently in Jet Fuel Review, Massachusetts Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others, and her critical work has been published in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Solstice Literary... Read More →

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
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