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Erica Goss, Poet

Erica Goss is a poet, writer and instructor. She served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, from 2013-2016.

Machines Made of Words

What if we approached poetry with a clearer understanding of its challenges for readers? What if we helped widen the audience for poetry by letting readers know that, like most worthwhile activities, reading poetry is best accomplished when the reader is at least somewhat prepared? I collected a […]

Thousands of Words

Q: What happens when a poet attempts to write a full-length book of prose? A: She learns to count words. On January 2, 2023, I started writing my first memoir. I’d spent October, November and December going over notebooks, journals, photo albums, and emails from the last ten […]

Poetry Survives Latest Death Threat

Poets, writers, teachers and parents are wringing their hands over the November 2022 release of ChatGPT, an AI program which can “answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests,” according to descriptions at its creator’s website, OpenAI. No doubt you’ve seen the ChatGPT-written […]

Visualize the Reader—or Don’t

When I was a graduate student at San Jose State University, I stumbled across a rolling cart (literally stumbled—I tripped over my own feet and almost fell) displaying the tempting label “Books $1 each.” That’s when I found 50 Contemporary Poets, the Creative Process, edited by Alberta T. […]

Poetry: the Sneak Attack

As a poet and writer, I’m always trying to figure out ways to encourage people to read poetry. With so many distractions, how do we create opportunities for poetry to reach more people? Put another way, how do we get more people to like poetry? According to a 2006 study funded […]


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Reading the classics, CanLit, and everything else. In bed.

Trish Hopkinson

A selfish poet


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Danny Gregory

Inspiration for creative folks like you.