Our poetry track continues to grow with craft-oriented workshops and talks, focused as always on enriching the writing of beginning and committed poets alike. Diving into fundamentals, pushing imagery to convey emotion effectively, discussing form and meter, and fine tuning a poem, even line by line, are integral to the poetic dialogue. The works-in-progress on Friday evening fosters this playfully serious engagement. We are proud of the attention that our poetry readers pay to the manuscripts they receive.
Jon Pineda is the author of three poetry collections: Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award, The Translator’s Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and Birthmark, winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and named a “Best Books of 2010” by Library Journal. His debut novel Apology won the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His second novel Let’s No One Get Hurt is due out in early 2018 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jon teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and is on faculty at the University of Mary Washington. He lives in Virginia.