Praise from Poet’s Market!
The new 2015 Poet’s Market includes a list of “Six Stellar Sources of Poetry Prompts.Poet’s Market has this to say: “Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, edited by Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen, offers an impressive array of prompts from some of America’s preeminent contemporary poets.”

Wingbeats, the Original

58 Teaching Poets — 61 Poetry Writing Exercises

“opens the door wide to our creative selves”
— Gabriele Rico

$19.95 – 324 pages – ISBN: 9780976005193

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Wingbeats II

59 Teaching Poets — 58 Poetry Writing Exercises

$22.95 – 360 pages – ISBN: 9780984039951

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Wingbeats I: Rosa Alcalá, Wendy Barker, Ellen Bass, Tara Betts, Catherine Bowman, Susan Briante, Sharon Bridgforth, Nathan Brown, Jenny Browne, Andrea Hollander Budy, Lisa D. Chavez, Alison T. Cimino, Cathryn Cofell, Sarah Cortez, Bruce Covey, Oliver de la Paz, Lori Desrosiers, Cyra S. Dumitru, Blas Falconer, Annie Finch, Gretchen Fletcher, Madelyn Garner, Barbara Hamby, Carol Hamilton, Penny Harter, Kurt Heinzelman, Jane Hilberry, Karla Huston, David Kirby, Laurie Kutchins, Ellaraine Lockie, Ed Madden, Anne McCrady, Robert McDowell, Ray McManus, David Meischen, Harryette Mullen, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Hoa Nguyen, Naomi Shihab Nye,Katherine Durham Oldmixon,, Kathleen Peirce, Georgia A. Popoff, Patty Seyburn, Ravi Shankar, Shoshauna Shy, Patricia Smith, Jessamyn Johnston Smyth, Bruce Snider, Lisa Russ Spaar, Susan Terris, Lewis Turco, Andrea L. Watson, Afaa Michael Weaver, William Wenthe, Scott Wiggerman, Abe Louise Young, Matthew Zapruder

Wingbeats II: Millicent Borges Accardi, Kazim Ali, Alan Birkelbach, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Regie Cabico, Robin Chapman, Ching-In Chen, Alfred Corn, Barbara Crooker, Joanne Diaz, Carol Dorf, Keith Ekiss, Rhina P. Espaillat, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anna Evans, Carmen Giménez Smith, Veronica Golos, Brent Goodman, James Harms, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Tony Hoagland, Elizabeth Jacobson, Tina Jacobson, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Meg Kearney, Christopher Kennedy, Melissa Kwasny, Christine Dumaine Leche, Ada Limón, Diane Lockward, Sheryl Luna, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Valerie Martínez, Cleopatra Mathis, Farid Matuk, Marty McConnell, David Meischen, Tomás Q.Morín, Karla K. Morton, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Alfred Nicol, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Kevin Prufer, Dean Rader, Victoria Redel, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Natasha Sajé, Jason Schneiderman, Tim Seibles, Sandra Soli, Adrienne Su, Marcela Sulak, Cole Swensen, Michael Theune, Sarah Vap, Rebecca Wee, Scott Wiggerman

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Praise for Wingbeats I

“a manual to power-lift off the bookshelf”

— The Coachella Review

Wingbeats is a fabulous toolbox of innovative and practical ideas that literally every teacher of poetry workshops and at every level, from elementary poets-in-the-schools through the graduate MFA, will find indispensable. Covering a vast range from image to sound to form, the exercises are all concrete and clearly presented—a marvelous way to mine the imaginations and experiences of today’s most dynamic poets. Invaluable!

— Cole Swensen, author of Gravesend, Ours, The Glass Age . . .

I opened Wingbeats—and fell in headfirst, caught in the feathers of the creative impulse. Wingbeats proves that poetry matters, that writing is an experimental discovery process, that there are many avenues to success, that writing poems is a gift we can all claim. The wealth of enabling nudges by the poets of Wingbeats—who share their energy, wisdom, and examples—opens the door wide to our creative Selves. No teacher, no aspiring poet, should be without the gentle guidance of this book.

— Gabriele Rico, author of Writing the Natural Way

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The Wingbeats Workshops

Starting in July 2011, Dos Gatos Press has sponsored numerous workshops featuring exercises from Wingbeats I and now Wingbeats II. We’ve had workshops in Madison, WI, and San Francisco, CA, as well as Alpine, Austin, Georgetown, Round Top, and San Antonio, TX.

Recent workshops are listed below.

As we plan more workshops, we will post details here.

See some of our presenters in action >>

June 28, 2014, at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference

Scott Wiggerman presented “Slinkies,” “Lies,” and “Scars”—three quick exercises from Wingbeats II.

August 3–7, 2014, at the Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat: A Week of Exercises from Wingbeats II

Scott Wiggerman returned for his seventh summer, focusing this time on exercises from Wingbeats II.

September 13, 2014, at the Austin Feminist Poetry Festival

Scott Wiggerman presented several quick exercises from Wingbeats II.

October 4, 2014, at the Georgetown Poetry Festival

Scott Wiggerman started the day with quick jump-start exercises from Wingbeats II.
David Meischen took participants through Victoria Redel’s “Memory, Periphery, and then Some.”

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