During the month of August, Black Lawrence Press poet Bettina Judd is
offering consultations on full-length poetry collections.
Full-length manuscripts may be up to 75 pages in length
and should formatted in 12 point font. The fees for this consultation
is $250 per manuscript.
The deadline to submit work for this
consultation program is August 31. Bettina will complete her work and
respond to all program participants by September 30.
Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!
Bettina's Statement of Purpose
To adopt a quote by Audre Lorde: I still do not find poetry to be a
luxury. It is a succinct strategy for building a world. For those of us
who might find the world to be a strange and dangerous place, that work
is most vital. For this reason, I expect for a poem to do a lot of work.
This makes the process of building a collection of poems—even those as
small as a chapbook a noble kind of labor in which concepts, themes, and
story telling connect intricate worlds—making something even more
These consultations will take into account your topic
and themes in addition to taking great consideration to the details of
individual poems. Questions I will ask of your manuscript: Are you being
true to the voice and intent of your project? How cohesive is the
concept? How are you addressing form (free verse, too, is form) and its
purpose within the concept?
I will offer in-line comments to
individual poems and address the above issues in a longer overall
response. What I want to give to you is a careful eye that takes into
serious consideration the incredible work you have put together, and,
ultimately, wish to share with the world.