“Moving, emotio…

“Moving, emotionally raw, yet subtle and careful.” -Benjamin S. Grossberg, Antioch Review, on David Baker’s ninth poetry collection, Never-Ending Birds

Hello everyone!

It’s only Tuesday but it has already been a busy week. I’m really excited for this afternoon, though, because I’m giving the introduction for visiting poet David Baker’s reading today after my Advanced Creative Writing class. Baker will be reading from his ninth collection of poetry Never-Ending Birds, talking about his works and experiences, and selling and signing copies of Never-Ending Birds. Baker is a poetry editor for The Kenyon Review and a professor of English at Denison University, holding the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing. One of my favorite parts of the creative writing classes at Muskingum is the professor’s commitment to bringing well-known and influential poets and authors to Muskingum to talk to the creative writing community here about their works, experiences, and advice to fellow writers. Every speaker that I’ve listened to has left me with some tidbit of advice that has been extremely influential in my writing. One speaker, her name escapes me, in my Creative Writing class told us that sharing our writing should make us uncomfortable, and that idea has made my writing so much more personal and in-depth than it was before. I’m really excited to hear what Baker has to say, both in his visit to our class today and at his reading this afternoon.

I hope your week is off to an exciting start also!

Kaitlyn

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