Lower Your Standards and Write On: Taking as a model and admonition from Kansas-born poet William Stafford, we will explores ways to overcome inertia, fear, self-consciousness and whatever else keeps us from starting a poem. In addition to the general discussion, we’ll look at some practical exercises for finding our way into poetry.
William Sheldon lives in Hutchinson, Kansas where he teaches and writes. His poetry and prose have been published widely in journals as Blue Mesa Review, Columbia, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner. He is the author of two books of poetry, Retrieving Old Bones (Woodley, 2002) and Rain Comes Riding (Mammoth, 2011), as well as a chapbook, Into Distant Grass (Oil Hill, 2009). Retrieving Old Bones was a Kansas City Star Noteworthy Book for 2002 and is listed as one of the Great Plains Alliance’s Great Books of the Great Plains.