Individual Artist Development

Looking to work privately with a poetry mentor on your own individualized course of learning? Stegner Fellow Jay Deshpande will meet with you one-on-one for a month of weekly online sessions to discuss your poems, address questions about your work and writing process, offer prompts for writing and suggestions for reading, and recommend avenues for publication. Wherever you’re at in your writing life, consider this a customized set of four 45-minute conversations to help you better understand yourself as a writer and push you in new directions.

Over the course of the four weeks, you’ll send 1–3 poems per week to Jay as a starting point for discussion and feedback. You’ll be in correspondence with him via email as well, but all suggestions and critiques will be offered during your weekly sessions. The conversations will inevitably go beyond individual poems to consider your habits, tendencies and capacities as a writer. As part of your registration, be prepared to submit a small portfolio of poems in advance (9–12 pages) as an introduction to your voice. Once your registration is complete, you’ll work with Jay directly to schedule four meetings that work best from February 12 to March 10, 2020.

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Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers, and the chapbook The Rest of the Body (YesYes Books, 2017). A Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the winner of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award and Narrative‘s Annual Poetry Contest, he has also received fellowships from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri and the Key West Literary Seminar. His poems have recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, LARB Quarterly Journal and Horsethief. He holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and he has taught workshops for Poets House, the Academy of American Poets, Rutgers and the MFA program at Columbia University.