Kathryn Mockler's Blog: Resources for New Poets and Fiction Writers

July 17, 2014

Here's a great article about "poet voice" which is very annoying if you go to a lot of readings.

I agree about looking to theatre and remembering a reading is performance. It can be really tough--especially for new writers. Getting a performance coach--someone with a theatre background--can be very helpful.
     

"I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved."uggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone i - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/article...
I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved.- See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/article... Using 'Poet Voice' Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | by Rich Smith

See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/article...
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June 16, 2014

The Quivering Pen: The Great Big Roundup of 2014 Short Story Collecti...: Consider this your (pretty much) exhaustive, pantry-stocking, be-all, end-all list of 2014 short story collections, fortified with 8 essent...
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June 15, 2014

THE RUSTY TOQUE'S 2014
FICTION CHAPBOOK CONTESTWe’re pleased to announce The Rusty Toque’s first annual chapbook competition.

DEADLINE
June 1, 2014 (extended to June 15, 2014)
JUDGE
Lee Henderson

PRIZES
1ST PLACE
$800 + chapbook publication (e-book and print) + a fiction prize pack

FINALISTS
Up to 2 finalists will receive $50 + a fiction prize pack + an excerpt or story from their chapbook published online in Issue 7 or 8 of The Rusty Toque.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Other notable entries will receive an honorable mention on our website.

ENTRY FEE
$15 per fiction chapbook submission (you may submit multiple times but must include the fee for each submission).

LENGTH
25 to 40 pages (can be stories, micro-fictions, or a longer short story). Please double space submissions.

ELIGIBILITY
This contest is open to all writers except Western students, faculty, and staff. International submissions welcome. Writers who have a conflict-of-interest relationship with our judge, Lee Henderson, are also not eligible. Please email us if you are unsure if you are eligible.

Select stories may be previously published; however, the collection as a whole must be unpublished. 
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Please submit and pay the $15.00 (Canadian dollars) reading fee through our online submission form. We do not accept hard copies.- Submissions are blind, so please ensure that your name does not appear on your document.- Indicate in your cover letter if any stories have been previously published and where and include a short bio.SUBMIT HERE

The Rusty Toque’s 2014 Fiction Chapbook Competition is sponsored by The Canada Council, Western University with fiction prize packs from House of Anansi PressAnvil Press, BookThug,Coach House Books, and Pedlar Press.2014 FICTION CHAPBOOK JUDGE PictureLee HendersonLee Henderson has published two award-winning books with Penguin Canada—the story collection The Broken Record Technique and the novel The Man Game, which won the BC Book Prize and the Vancouver Book Prize in 2009. His essay on language extinction and corporate English was published in the anthology Finding the Words, edited by Jared Bland. Lee's fiction and art writing is regularly published in The Walrus and Border Crossings magazine, and other short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and experimental music and is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at The University of Victoria.
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June 3, 2014

Great article on Patricia Lockwood:
The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas By JESSE LICHTENSTEINMAY 28, 2014
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May 18, 2014


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May 14, 2014

Here is a great poetry resource:

Poetry Center Online

Poetry Center Online
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April 5, 2014

THE RUSTY TOQUE'S 2014 FICTION CHAPBOOK CONTEST We’re pleased to announce The Rusty Toque’s first annual chapbook competition.

DEADLINE
June 1, 2014

JUDGE
Lee Henderson

PRIZES

1ST PLACE
$800 + chapbook publication (e-book and print) + a fiction prize pack

FINALISTS
Up to 2 finalists will receive $50 + a fiction prize pack + an excerpt or story from their chapbook published online in Issue 7 or 8 of The Rusty Toque.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Other notable entries will receive an honorable mention on our website.

ENTRY FEE
$15 per fiction chapbook submission (you may submit multiple times but must include the fee for each submission)

LENGTH
25 to 40 pages (can be stories, micro-fictions, or a longer short story)

ELIGIBILITY
This contest is open to all writers except Western University students, faculty, and staff. International submissions welcome.

Select stories may be previously published; however, the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit and pay the $15.00 (Canadian dollars) reading fee through our online submission form. We do not accept hard copies.Submissions are blind, so please ensure that your name does not appear on your document.Indicate in your cover letter if any stories have been previously published and where and include a short bio.
The Rusty Toque’s 2014 Fiction Chapbook Competition is sponsored by The Canada Council, Western University with fiction prize packs from House of Anansi Press, Anvil Press, BookThug, Coach House Books, and Pedlar Press.
SUBMIT HERE2014 FICTION CHAPBOOK JUDGE PictureLee Henderson
Lee Henderson has published two award-winning books with Penguin Canada—the story collection The Broken Record Technique and the novel The Man Game, which won the BC Book Prize and the Vancouver Book Prize in 2009. His essay on language extinction and corporate English was published in the anthology Finding the Words, edited by Jared Bland. Lee's fiction and art writing is regularly published in The Walrus and Border Crossings magazine, and other short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and experimental music and is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at The University of Victoria. SPONSORS




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March 11, 2014

January 24, 2014

Puritan Authors Discuss Their Craft // Kathryn Mockler


dog1Start As You Will Go On, David Poolman (2004-5)Past Puritan author (and Rusty Toque and Joyland editor) 

Kathryn Mockler discusses her poems (from way back in Issue 9: Winter 2010!) and the digital drawings and political unrest that inspired them.

“Global Warming” and “Gun Shots” are early versions of poems from my second poetry book, The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012).

I started writing these poems in 2004, and the initial inspiration came from a series of digital drawings that my husband, David Poolman, was working on called Start As You Will Go On (2004-5).

After September 11th, I realized I wasn’t as informed as I should be about world events, so I made it my mission to know what was going on outside of my bubble. By 2004, I became particularly obsessed with the absurdity of the Iraq War and the media’s portrayal of it. The problem with being more informed is that it can lead to deep feelings of helplessness and despair, which I think set the tone for many of the poems in this collection.


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