Friday, December 31, 2010

Roundup of my year in poetry

I don't normally do the brag thing on this blog, at least not too much. But when I thought back on my 2010 in poetry and prose, I wanted to make a list just for my own aide-memoir. It surprised me. I didn't remember doing all this until I started the list. All in all, a good literary year. Here's the list:

Took two poetry workshops with Kim Addonizio

Published eight poems in literary journals (print and online)

Attended Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference in Denver, made new friends, and met many poet friends from online workshops, listservs, and Facebook

Gave three poetry readings in Colorado

Appeared on M.D. Friedman's poetry television show (see my website www.dacushome.com for a clip)

Had my poem "Designer" read aloud by Nic Sebastian on Whale Sound

Had my recording of my poem "Every Morning I Try" published in The Cortland Review

Placed as a semi-finalist in the Akron Poetry Prize contest with my manuscript Gods of Water and Air

Finished the first draft of a novel about a group of college teachers touring the Renaissance sites in Northern Italy and finding romance, marital mishaps, and new life directions as they travel

So here's my short list of resolutions for 2011:

Take another poetry course or workshop or conference
Succeed in getting a book under contract by the end of the year
Give more readings
Go to more readings
Finish editing my novel
Become a better poet