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HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOL. 3: MEET STEPHANIE M. WYTOVICH

Continuing with the HWA Poetry Showcase series, David E. Cowen interviews me about my work as a poet, both creatively and academically. Check it out below. I hope my process is interesting and encouraging to all those who are curious about the art form and what it can do for them. Q: Why do you write poetry? A: I write poetry for a lot of different reasons. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I don’t talk about my emotions well, and it’s mostly because when I was younger, I was ashamed of what I was feeling, and I was afraid of it, too. As I grew up, I found myself in situations where showing emotion and compassion were met with various stages of physical and emotional abuse. At one point, my therapist suggested that I start journaling so I could open up a conversation with myself about what I was feeling in those moments, and I did, and I took to it, and I haven’t looked back since.   I searched for a really long time about what my subject matter and identity were as

HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOL 3: MEET JOHN PALISANO

Continuing with the HWA Poetry Showcase interview series, our second judge is John Palisano. Check out his work and take a moment to read his thoughts, and remember, submissions open up April 1st!   1.       What is your relationship to poetry as a writer? As a reader? As a writer, poetry has influenced me greatly. I'm always applying lessons I learned from poetry inside fiction. Especially in attempting to say a lot with the least amount ... the 'right' words. As a reader? I've always loved poetry. 2.       Who is the first poet that you remember reading, and what was your reaction to him/her? Edgar Allen Poe, of course. Elementary school. Those stories scared me, and I couldn't believe stuff so dark was being taught in our shiny little school. Of course, I was hooked. Although I remember when I told my dad, he said, "You mean Bill Murray?" and laughed. I was quite confused until many years later when I saw the resemblance. 3.       Who

HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOL 3: MEET DAVID E. COWEN

With the third installment of the HWA Poetry Showcase starting up in April, I wanted to do a short series with this year's judges to give some background and some insight into both poetics and its market for authors who are writing poetry today. Our first judge in the series is  David E. Cowen. Check out his work and take a moment to savor his words. 1.       What is your relationship to poetry as a writer? As a reader? A. Poetry is a vexatious and harsh companion always complaining that I’m not keeping up with it. It is an addiction. For every day I tell myself I just can’t write anymore some image will trigger a thought, then a line then a stanza and then a poem. Writing is not therapy for me. It is not bearing my soul to a world that frankly doesn’t need to know my soul. Writing poetry is artistic creation; childbirth with mental labor pains throughout the process. When writing I am Prometheus giving fire to humanity – mind you some embers glow brighter than others. This p