NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Popular online poetry workshop provider The Rooster Moans (TRM) today detailed plans to grow its "virtual" community into a literary nexus, including the acquisition of a physical location for retreats and residencies, and the addition of workshops in fiction, literary nonfiction, and playwriting. Founder/director Lissa Kiernan advised that the cooperative will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new location in New York State's Catskill mountains during National Poetry Month, April 2015.
Kiernan has also partnered with a developer of software custom-built for online writing workshops, providing state-of-the-art interactivity tools and giving all students—past, present and future—continuous free access to a Facebook-style private online community. TRM will also begin offering scholarships based on artistic merit and financial need.
In addition, TRM is pleased to introduce three distinguished new writers—Doug Anderson, Jennifer Givhan, and Carlo Matos.
Mr. Anderson's first book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His memoir Keep Your Head Down, was published by W.W. Norton. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught in the MFA programs at Bennington College and Pacific University of Oregon.
Ms. Givhan, a Pen Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellow, was recently chosen for inclusion in Best New Poets. A poet and fiction writer, she teaches at Western New Mexico University, and will also begin teaching for TRM upon graduation in January 2015 from the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.
Mr. Matos is the author of three collections of poetry. His first book of fiction, The Secret Correspondence of Loon and Fiasco, is forthcoming in October 2014. A teacher at the City Colleges of Chicago, he has also published a scholarly book on late nineteenth-century London drama.
The three writers join a diverse group of artists whose recent achievements include Ms. Kiernan's critically-acclaimed first book of poems, Two Faint Lines in the Violet (Negative Capability Press), which she will support with a national reading tour.
Award-winning poet Maureen Alsop's third poetry collection, Later, Knives and Trees, and best-selling novelist Melissa Studdard's first, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, are both slated for release this month.
Steven Teref's translation of Ana Ristovic's "Circling Zero" was selected as one of the 50 greatest love poems of the last 50 years, and Renee Emerson, author of Keeping Me Still, was invited to open for Sharon Olds as part of Boston University's upcoming Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series.
Finally, advisory board member Susan Yount's chapbook House on Fire garnered top honors in the 2014 Blood Pudding Press Contest, and her publishing house, Misty Publications, has just sent Arlene Ang's third poetry collection, Banned for Life, to the printer.
Kiernan said, "Over the past years, this group of hard-working writers has become a family, committed to creating an inclusive space for students of all levels, and to demonstrating a vigorous range of definitions for artistic success."
Lissa Kiernan, The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, Email
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