In this Writing Conversation, we'll discuss Rena's path to publishing over a ten year period, bringing four books into the world, with more on the way! Her approach begins with knowing the idiosyncrasies of her own work and those publishers who might be open to it. Join us!
Rena J. Mosteirin owns Left Bank Books and teaches poetry at Dartmouth College in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. She's published three books of poetry, Experiment 116 exploring Sharkespeare's famous sonnet, translations, and google; Moonbit, a hybrid work of experimental poetry and critical theory written with her spouse, James Dobson; half fabulous whales, a book of erasure poetry; and the novella, Nick Trail's Thumb, winner of the Kore Press Short Fiction Award chosen by Lydia Davis. She loves the formal language of poetry and sees many connections between the languages of computer programming and more traditional formal poetics.
Rena is using Twitter in an attempt to build a line-a-day relationship with the Great American Novel: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. This project is estimated to take somewhere between twenty and thirty years, most likely outlasting the popularity of Twitter itself.
She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB) and the Writing Seminars at Bennington College (MFA). Mosteirin's father is from Cuba and her mother's family is from Gottschee, a region of Slovenia.
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