Poetry Consultations

I have plans for a couple of Tennessee posts, but this week got away from me. There has been a lot going on on the family home front.

The big news is that I started doing poetry consultations with two clients. I’ve been enjoying their work so much, as well as the analytical process that goes into critiquing and commenting on their poems.

I hope to get the particulars up on my website before too long. In the meantime, if you think you might be interested in getting feedback on your work, feel free to email me at luanne.castle@gmail.com for the details. I will work with beginners or seasoned poets.

To give an idea of my credentials for providing insight about your work, here is a brief bio. I have an MFA in poetry and fiction from Western Michigan University, a PhD in literature (analysis–specialty poetry) from the University of California, Riverside, and a certificate in creative nonfiction from Stanford University. I taught literature and writing for fifteen plus years at the university level and have published literary analyses and creative writing in journals and books for many years. I write poetry book reviews as a regular reviewer for Main Street Rag and other journals. I have two reviews forthcoming in MSR and one in Pleiades. My chapbook Kin Types (Finishing Line Press) was a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award.  My first poetry collection, Doll God, winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was published by Aldrich Press. Beyond credentials, my strengths are literary analysis and a technical understanding of poetry. Additionally, I understand that the poem is yours and not mine, and that what I offer are suggestions, not the “only way.” There are a wealth of ways a poet may choose to revise. When I think it makes sense, I will advise about poets or poems to read–or journals to try for submissions.

Make it a good week for you and for others. Here is my Facebook profile pic this week.

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33 responses to “Poetry Consultations

  1. Good luck with your new ventures, Luanne.
    I’m with you against hate.

  2. I smiled imaging you waving to a mirror to take the picture! So cute. xxoo

  3. This all so enticing, I wish I were a poet so you could coach me! Lucky poets who find you! P.S. I love the photo.

  4. Good luck with your new venture Luanne, I’m sure it will be very rewarding.

  5. I wish you the best with your new venture adventure 😉 Maybe I’ll even sign up although I don’t consider myself a poet. I love your photo.

  6. I love both your photo and I want to stand together with you and your family against anti-Semitism in this century and every other hate-filled one.
    Good luck with your consulting…I have a new book I’m trying to get done but after that one, I may try some poetry.
    I am truly appalled at the attack on the synagogue, sickened at the political rhetoric that encourages such behavior. I am so sorry.

    • Thank you Sheila in every way. It’s been a shocking weekend, but hate has a way of growing when unchecked!
      Oh, I would love to work with you!!! Good luck with your book, too!

  7. I read with interest about your new venture as a poetry consult. It can’t be easy with the great variety existing today and free style poetry gaining ground. I might one day dare ask you for your opinion, meanwhile, let me wish you all success. Your credentials certainly are rock solid.

    Miriam

    • Miriam, thank you so much for your kindness! By all means, write to me if you decide you want more details on working with me. In the meantime, have a wonderful week.

  8. Go Luanne!! Best wishes for just the right amount of work coming your way!

  9. Congrats on your newest endeavor, Luanne! How exciting. xo

  10. Great photo 🙂
    I’m glad you’re doing the consulting! Of course you don’t take the poetry and put yourself into it, for that wouldn’t be the other poet’s poem at all!

  11. Best wishes to you in this venture. It is so good to rediscover something pleasurable.

  12. What a great thing to do, Luanne! Anyone would be fortunate to get your feedback. It’s nice to see your experience and education all in one paragraph! 🙂

  13. Poetry is so important and to help somebody writing that one special poem is beautiful work.
    I’m with you against hate. And hate-speech.

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