Cover: textured cream with purple ink
Publish Date: Aug., 1997
No. of Pages: 104 pages, perfect bound.
In this textbook, Preston takes the poet step-by-step through the process
of poetry, from creation through practice writings to presentation of the
polished form to an audience and editor. Emphasis on pre-crafting,with
a touch of humor thrown in, allows readers the freedom to laugh at themselves
as they develop an effective poem. Tips on how to give and receive critiques,
exercises, and various drafts by other poets enable the reader to visualize
all the aspects of a poem.
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About the Author
Raised in South Carolina, Elaine Preston is Professor of English
at the Western Campus of Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, N.Y.
A member of Pennwriters, Poets and Writers, and Long Island Poetry Collective,
she is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship in Linguistics
at the University of South Carolina, an Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the
Graduate Center of the City University of New York, two Special Opportunity
Stipend Awards from the N.Y. Foundation for the Arts (1994, 1996), and
the N.Y. State Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching. In
addition to being a frequent workshop coordinator at con-ferences and retreats
and a recent poet-in-residence at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in
Wellsboro, PA, she has read widely in the NY metropolitan area and has
appeared on television and radio.
Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including
the NY Quarterly, Mississippi Valley Review, Zone 3, LI Quarterly, Color
Wheel, Mink Hills Journal, Poets On, Verve, Treasure House, ELF:Eclectic
Literary Forum, Passager, Peregrine, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and
Preston is the author of Look for a Field to Land, a collection
of poetry published by Bridge Works Publishing of Bridgehampton, N.Y. (1994).
She received first prize in The Devilís Millhopper 1996 Kudzu Poetry
Contest, second prize and honorable mention in two ďArt in the AirĒ poetry
contests, and honorable mentions in the 1996 Passager Poet Contest, the
Treasure House Dedicated Poetsí Competition, and the National League of
American Pen Women/Portlandís National Poetry Contest.
For workshops, lectures, readings, please contact Elaine Preston
Sagtikos Building, Room 202
Suffolk County Community College
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Click on link to go to Elaine
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