A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College’s English Department & Creative Writing program, Parent studied writing under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. (Seriously. Check it out.) Her first poem was published when she was 10 years old, and she was selected to read it aloud … [Read more…]
The Almost Right Word: A Talk by Stephen Kiernan By Annalisa Parent The basic building block of writing is, of course, the word. As famous British poet and critic Samuel Coleridge once wrote “Prose is words in their best order—poetry is the best words in the best order.” As writers, therefore, regardless of genre, we … [Read more…]
I was so excited to receive the news this week that two of my poems will be published in Hotel Vermont’s Quarterly. Both Resolution and Off the Coast of Avanzamento were accepted and will appear on nightstands throughout the hotel. (Sleep inducers or inspiration while gazing out over Lake Champlain… you decide. ) I was honored by Poetry … [Read more…]
I had the distinct honor of working with Geof Hewitt at the recent CCYWC Poetry Slam. He moderated and I keep score. Well, OK, he called me his “Score keeping Angel,” but that’s a bit over the top, don’t you think?
Today I held the first meeting of a writers’ workshop for teens. We had a lively discussion about a poem written by one of the girls. How rewarding to be a part of these budding writers’ journey. I look forward to more conversations at our weekly meeting.
William Carlos Williams is one of my favorite poets. I appreciate his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in so few words. Here is a poem I wrote for fun, modeled after Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” I wrote this after a month-long research trip in France, where the food was decadent and delicious, and … [Read more…]
Life is short, and so am I. You’ll hear this quip from me often. I believe that life should be lived to the fullest and with passion. For me, that has always meant, as the Greek poet Horace so aptly stated “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at … [Read more…]