How to Make a Living as a Poet

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How to Make a Living as Poet details how Gary Max Glazner and a diverse group of American scribes—including Sherman Alexie, Mary Karr, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Polansky and Beau Sia—found ways integrate poetry into their financial until they could do what many writers consider unthinkable: list their life’s passion on their tax forms.
Glazner should know. After selling the flower shop he owned for 18 years the champion of the 1998 Poetry Olympics worked as a poet-in-residence at ...
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Overview


How to Make a Living as Poet details how Gary Max Glazner and a diverse group of American scribes—including Sherman Alexie, Mary Karr, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Polansky and Beau Sia—found ways integrate poetry into their financial until they could do what many writers consider unthinkable: list their life’s passion on their tax forms.
Glazner should know. After selling the flower shop he owned for 18 years the champion of the 1998 Poetry Olympics worked as a poet-in-residence at a hotel (leaving 45,000 copies of his poems on guests pillows!), secured sponsorship to take 100 poets on an 8,000-mile tour of America and even got Pontiac to hire him to promote a new car. From the story of his own project using poetry to help Alzheimer’s patients to an interview on the nuts and bolts economics behind the world’s only "Poetry Diner," Glazner details how creativity off the page can spark even new approaches to writing itself. From marketing ideas for how to break out of the "poetry ghetto" to the how’s and why’s of analyzing the economic impact of slam festivals, Glazner shows exactly how its possible to not just survive but thrive off one’s art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932360691
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2005
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The poetry entrepreneur : creative poetry programming
Redefining poet-in-residencies 5
Lisa Gill - the poet's diner 14
Alzheimer's poetry project 20
A poetry festival's economic impact 25
Marketing poetry : breaking out of the poetry ghetto 28
Rhyme and meter revisited 34
Poet's plaza 37
Working with art presents 42
Poetry & popcorn 49
Steero-types and the cow'vant garde 55
Benefactors and poetry saints 62
Investigative poetry/poetry as news 67
Interviews
The poet's voices 73
Sherman Alexie - the easiest way to make a living as a poet is to write fiction 76
Mary Karr - eat good poems 82
Naomi Shibah Nye - the word career does not fit my whole way of thinking about poetry, but the word devotion does 86
James Kas - youth speaks 94
Bon Holman - Bowery Poetry Club 104
Beau Sia - bright lights of Broadway 111
Paul Polansky - poetry gets the job done 120
Janine Pommy Vega - words are the glue that holds us together working with migrant farm workers and prisoners using poetry 128
The typing explosion - Rachel Kessler, Sarah Paul Ocampo, and Sierra Nelson 135
Adrian Arancibia - on being a taco shop poet 141
Nuts/bolts/rants/manifestos
How to wear a beret : a manifesto 151
The barbaric yawp : giving a good reading 153
Booking a poetry tour : DIY style or corporate sponsor? 156
Don't do your show in a vacuum : writing a press release 163
Poetry broadsides 171
Don McIver - poetry and radio : human nerve ending 177
Publishing : dear poet : don't forget to cash your "reality check" 181
Poems and roads : poetry as subject for magazine articles and books 194
Chapbooks : an avalanche of words 199
Reverse blurb chapter 202
Foundations, grants, fellowships, residencies 206
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