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Open Book

Essays from the Vermont College Postgraduate Writers Conference

Editor(s): Kate Fetherston, Roger Weingarten
Contributors: Victoria Redel, Jack Myers, Roger Weingarten, Richard Jackson, Bruce Weigl, Barry Goldensohn, Nancy Eimers,

Book Description

The texts we write are not visible until they are written. Like a creature coaxed from out a deep wood, the text reveals itself little by little. The maze evokes a multiplicity of approaches, the many tricks we employ to tempt the text hither.” writes Rikki Ducornet in her essay, “The Deep Zoo.” This book of essays is a convocation at the edge of that mystery, a meeting of minds passionate about words whose intent is to tempt language from the realms of imagination and experience onto the page.

Our collection—navigating the confluences between novelist and poet, between short story and creative nonfiction writer—aims to encourage the technical and linguistic leaps that keep writers writing. To this end, we didn’t divide this collection into genres. By ordering alphabetically, we mean to allow readers to move through the slightly familiar into the unfamiliar. We’ve selected pieces that will be useful to writers at different levels of experience as well as to teachers of writing.
We offer this collection to inspire your imagination and tune your craft as you make that leap from “What if?” to the page


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8083-4
ISBN-10: 1-84718-083-3
Date of Publication: 01/12/2006
Pages / Size: 390 / A5
Price: £34.99


Kate Fetherston's poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Third Coast, Artful Dodge, Hunger Mountain, Interpoezia, and Poetry Miscellany. She co-edited Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience, University of Iowa Press, 2006. Recipient of a 2004 Vermont Arts Council Individual Artist's Grant in Poetry, she received her MFA from Vermont College of the Union Institute and University, and is at work on her first collection of poems.

Roger Weingarten, who founded and teaches in the MFA in Writing and the Postgraduate Summer Writers' Conference at Vermont College of the Union Institute and University, is the author of ten collections of poetry and co-editor of six poetry anthologies. He has lectured, taught and read at writers' conferences, poetry festivals, and universities nationally and internationally. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a Louisville Review Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Ingram Merrill.