Poetry Track

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.

FACULTY

Laurie Kutchins

Laurie Kutchins

Poetry

Laurie Kutchins has published three books of poetry, as well as numerous lyric essays. Her book, The Night Path, published by BOA Editions, received the Isabella Gardner Award and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Ploughshares, Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, and many others. Most recently, she’s completed a nonfiction memoir about the active imagination in the pilgrimage of healing. She teaches in the creative writing program at James Madison University in Virginia, and was a faculty member at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in its first ten years. Wyoming-born and raised, Laurie maintains her deep roots to Wyoming even when in the Shenandoah Valley.

Matt Daly

Matt Daly

Poetry

Matt Daly is the author of Between Here and Home, published by Unsolicited Press in June of 2019, and the chapbook Red State, published by Seven Kitchens Press. He is the recipient of a Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world and a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. His poems have appeared in publications including Pilgrimage, The Cortland Review, and High Desert Journal as well as the Sixteen Rivers Press anthology American, We Call Your Name. Matt makes text-based art independently and in collaboration with visual, performing, and literary artists. He also teaches reflective and creative writing for medical professionals, humanitarian aid workers, secondary and college students, and others interested in the literary arts.

Juan Morales

Juan Morales

Poetry

Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed (Fairweather Books, 2006), The Siren World (Lithic Press, 2015) and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 International Latino Book Award. His poetry has appeared on CSPAN2, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, terrain.org, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondo Fellow, the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Jonathan Fink

Jonathan Fink

Poetry

Jonathan Fink is the author of two poetry collections: The Crossing (Dzanc, 2015) and Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union and the Siege of Leningrad (Dzanc, 2016). His poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Slate, The Southern Review, Witness, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. He has also received the Editors’ Prize in Poetry from The Missouri Review, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction/Essay from Southwest Review, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Jonathan lives in Pensacola with his wife and kids and is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of West Florida, where he also edits Panhandler Magazine and Panhandler Books.