Ends on August 31, 2017

$250.00 USD

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 compelling.

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.

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