Your Turn Now

Polishing Your Book for Publication

“It is your turn now, / you waited, you were patient. / The time has come, / for us to polish you,” writes Rumi. Designed for advanced students working on a book-length poetry project (either a chapbook or full-length collection), this workshop will incorporate thorough manuscript critique, analysis of contemporary poetry collections, and relevant writing assignments to help prepare students’ manuscripts for publication. We will look at what makes a collection of poems successful, from establishing an authorial voice to creating thematic cohesion. The professor will also offer pragmatic guidance on avenues of publication for each student’s work, including information on poetry prizes, contests and small presses with open reading periods.

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Leigh Stein is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future (Melville House, 2012), a Publishers Weekly pick for Best Summer Books of 2012 as well as a Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection. She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry: The Future Comes to Those Who Wait (Grey Book Press, 2011), Summer in Paris (Mondo Bummer, 2010), Least Inhabited Island II (H_NGM_N, 2009) and How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). Her first novel, The Fallback Plan (Melville House, 2012), was published to wide acclaim, receiving praise from Elle, O Magazine and New York Magazine, among other places. A former editorial staffer at the New Yorker, Stein has also worked in children’s book publishing and currently teaches poetry to children in the NYC public schools. She co-hosts The Book Report reading series at Le Poisson Rouge and lives in Park Slope.