Author: Katlyn (---.pitt.east.verizon.net)
Date: 11-28-04 20:24
My name is Katlyn Schutz and I go to Perry Traditional Academy High School in Pittsburgh Pa, and I am doing my graduation project on writing a book of poetry. And for that I need to get in contact with a real poet. So if someone could pls respond to this e-mail to send me in the right direction to someone who could answer a few questions about their career and to tell me a few things about being a poet I would highly appriate it. I just need a couple questions answered thats all, kinda like an interview. I love to write poetry, I've been writing since I was 12 and I am 16 now. I would love to pursue a career of being a poet later on down the road after high school and college. Please help me.
pls contact me back at Yourbad00@msn.com
Post Edited (11-28-04 23:10)
Hi, little girl. I have lost my puppy. Can you help me find it?
Actually, there are no real poets on the internet, since there is no money in poetry and they cannot afford the expense, sorry.
Katlyn, there is some information and perhaps even a few poets' e-mail addresses at the links here:
Perhaps someone can direct her to a publisher. I suggest she find a poet or a few, that she likes and write to them care of the publisher. I'm sure that the published poets are not too busy to write back.
Many poets have there own websites that give contact information for them, sometimes even their email addresses. Those are the poets who are most likely to enjoy answering your questions, so that's where I would start if I were in your position.
Start by looking up poets you like and seeing if they have websites. Also note if they are represented by an agency for giving lectures and readings, as that is also a sign that they seek out contact with their readers.
Here are some examples.
Recently someone on this forum wanted to contact ADRIENNE RICH. I found her pretty quickly, represented here: [www.barclayagency.com]
An agency like that will probably forward a message quickly, whereas a publisher may let the mail pile up for a few months before forwarding it.
I just went looking for PAUL MULDOON, and he does have a website but there is no contact info on it. He probably gets more requests than he can handle, so he discourages that kind of contact. HOWEVER! there is a link on his website to a creative writing program at Princeton. And on THAT site it says:
Creative Writing Faculty Member
Will read from his new book
Interglacial: New & Selected Poems & Aphorisms
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 ~ 4:30 p.m.
... and there IS contact info for James Richardson. A photo of him, a list of his poetry books, his email and phone number are at:
You should read some of his poetry, of course -- would be a downer doing a big project on someone you don't like! -- but assuming you do like his writing: you can't do much better than a just-published poet who is also a teacher.
Just to see what would happen, I searched for [collected poems" + faculty] and got quite a few hits, many of them BIOS of people on the faculty (of whatever college) who have had poetry published. If they are on the faculty somewhere they are FIND-able and you know that they have voluntary dealings with students. So that's another kind of search you could do.
Did you find anyone yet?
If you still need names and contacts, I know lots
who might chat with you.
I can give you the address to my college where David Dodd Lee works if you would like.
I want to become a poet when I become older because I love writing.Thats one of my true passions.I want to know should I take that risk;theres plenty of other jobs that I want to do but will being a poet make me wealthy .In other words can it be my steady job.
A wealthy poet is an oxymoron. I would advise you to pursue an alternative career, but there is no reason why you can't always write poetry. You can always pursue publication while having another career.