My comments will be made with an eye toward helping your manuscript grow into its own style and aesthetic. I admire all types of writing, and I will make sure that I am never guiding a writer toward what I would do but rather toward what I think their poems want to due, based upon the initial phone conversation and my sense of the poems as I read. That said, I may often provide suggestions that I think might make the poems grow in different, unexpected, directions as well.
All my books include artwork, mostly my own or my partners, so I'm happy to look at collaborations, hybrids, VISPO, new forms, etc. My work and tastes tend toward the experimental and surreal so I am also open to books full of scattered words and lines, erasure poems, and other experimentations.
A consultation will include:
an initial conversation in which we will talk about your vision for the manuscript, which will help guide my comments when I read.
at least one-paged typed response to the manuscript in which I provide feedback on the overall shape of the manuscript, poem order, title choice, etc. Basically I will be reading for how this manuscript feels to me as a collection.
An extensive line-edit consultation will include the above plus:
extensive impressions and suggestions in the margins for line-edits.
after I send you the above, we will have a series of email exchanges during which you can ask me any questions about my comments, receive input on where you might submit the manuscript, and get answers to any other questions you may have. The exchange may go back and forth as many times as it needs to until you feel as if you have all the information you need.
Chapbook (up to 40 pages)- 2 week turnaround
Chapbook with line-edits:
Book Length (up to 90 pages): $175
Book Length with line-edits:
Individual Packets of Poems/ Flashes/ Micros (2 week turnaround)
I will read each packet and
What a consultation will include:
an initial conversation in which we will talk about your vision for the poems, which will help guide my comments when I read.
my impressions and suggestions in the margins.
at least a one-page typed response to the manuscript
5 pages: $25
10 pages: $40
“Erik consistently made insightful suggestions about what to hold on to and nurture, as well as what to axe. And he shared his constructive suggestions with care. I’m glad and grateful I had the opportunity to see and hear his brain (and heart) in action."