Jamey Dunham's award-winning prose poems have been published widely and appear in several anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2005 (Scribner, 2005). Jamey's poetry collection The Bible of Lost Pets (Salt Modern Poets, 2009) was the inaugural winner of the Crashaw Prize. He is also the Co-Editor of the textbook anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009). Jamey is an Associate Professor of English at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.
Dunham offers these three quick tips to writers:
· If you feel you need publication to validate yourself as a writer, you will probably never find the validation you're looking for. Still, anyone can and will be published if they keep at it. It's simple, keep writing and never give up on yourself. If you write good work, it will find a home eventually.
· Remember that contests, like publishing, are different animals from writing. Writing is art and what truly matters. Success in contests and publishing relies upon others and their own subjective decisions. Do not confuse success with talent.
· Find your own voice first and foremost; however, if you are unwilling or unable to do so, steal your voice from the very best you can find. There is no excuse for plagiarizing mediocrity, swing for the fences!
For more insight on writing poetry, join Jamey Dunham at Books & Co at The Green on April 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.. No reservations are required for the Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop, but expressed intention to attend is appreciated. Call Books & Co at The Greene at 937- 429-6302.
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The Antioch Writers’ Workshop will be held July 9-15, 2011 in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).