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Advisors on Deck

“Meeting with our Guild advisors: Jane Yolen, Bill Newman, Carol Connare, and Patricia Lee Lewis on Lexi Johnson’s beautiful deck. It was so impressive to hear each Straw Dog writer describe the program that they ran. Poetry critiques, non-fiction critiques, open mics in Easthampton and Longmeadow, craft workshops, writing residencies at The Mount in Lenox, Read More

2023 Writers-in-Residence in Partnership with The Mount Edith Wharton’s Home

The Edith Wharton & Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers-in-Residence Program 2023 What: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s former home in Lenox, Massachusetts, in partnership with Straw Dog Writers Guild, offers one-week residencies during March for nine emerging writers, three writers each for three weeks (poets, fiction, creative non-fiction writers, screen-or playwrights). Selected writers will receive a Read More

Thank You to All Who Participated in WNO Fundraiser

Thank You! This big thank you goes to our generous, big-hearted Straw Dog Writers Community. Together we raised $12,000 from 60 donors. Donations ranged from $5 to $5,000 and every donation was gratefully received. For our Writers Night Out celebration at Michelson’s Gallery, we also had donations of food and wine from Cooper’s Corner, Big Read More

Straw Dog Writers Guild Author Interview: Magdalena Gomez

Magdalena Gomez is a poet, playwright, librettist, activist speaker, podcast producer and host, educator, and performance artist whose latest work is Mi’ja: A Memoir Noir published by Heliotrope Books. Magdalena was named Poet Laureate of Springfield in 2019 and will hold the title until September 2022. She is a Poet Laureate Fellow of the American Read More

Straw Dog Writers Guild Author Interview: Rebecca Hart Olander

Rebecca Hart Olander is a poet, teacher, editor, and publisher whose first book-length collection Uncertain Acrobats was released in November 2021 by CavanKerry Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Dressing the Wounds, published by dancing girl press in 2019. In recent years, Rebecca has received praise and awards for her poetry from Read More

Straw Dog Writers Guild Author Interview: Adin Thayer

Adin Thayer is the author of The Close World, a collection of poems published by Tebot Bach, which won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award in 2021. In her review, Ellen Dore Watson called The Close World “…a prayer toward co-existence between self and other, past and present, the natural and the made world.” The Read More