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Below is the information from Amanda Moore for her online writing retreat with craft tips, readings to inspire, submission suggestions and more!

Poetry readings, book launches, and events have been called off to flatten the curve of COVID-19; sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, Broadway is closed, schools and university courses are being moved online, and we are all being urged to #StaytheFuckHome when we can (which sadly we all CAN’T). Can we really write poems at a time like this? Should we? I’m not sure, but I’m hoping to create a community space for it and see what happens—we all need art and poetry, and what better way to make it than together?

Join me starting Monday, March 16th for an online writing retreat. Each day I’ll post a craft lecture or essay, a poem to read and reflect on, a prompt to inspire your own writing, and a journal where you can submit your work. There will be room for your responses, healthy discussions, and to promote work that isn’t getting heard in person while we’re distancing and missing out on book launches and readings. Let’s see if we can use poetry as a path to support, inspire, and help one another in this wild, confusing time. I’m open any way we can foster online community and poetry from our distant home bases—have ideas? Get in touch!

See you Monday! I’ll be posting links to social media to make it easier to find your way back here and follow along.

Amanda Moore‘s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Best New Poets, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog. She is the recipient of writing awards and fellowships from The Writers Grotto, The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She received her MFA in Poetry from Cornell University, where she served as Managing Editor for EPOCH magazine, and she has attended the Tin House Summer Workshop and Napa Valley and Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conferences.

Currently Contributing Poetry Editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review, Amanda also serves as a Board member for the Marin Poetry Center and is a 2019-2020 Brown Handler Resident. She is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

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