The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Giovanni Singleton
Winner of the 81st Annual California Book Award for Poetry
In this diary of intentionality, the behearer and the beholder approach the world with an attitude of longing—for less: less sorrow, less suffering. Daily practice delivers the speaker to profound meditations on the nature of the self. These poems press against our deepest held questions: what is an I? Where are my borders? What or how am I “with”? “From whom—from what—do we hide?”
Giovanni Singleton is a poet, teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. A recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature, she frequently presents on writing, editing, and graphic design at schools and conferences, including the American Literature Association and Spelman College. She has been a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cave Canem, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. Her work has appeared on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in Zen Monster, VOLT, Callaloo, Poet Lore, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, & Stories for Children, and I’ll Drown My Book: A Collection of Conceptual Writing. singleton has taught at Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and in museums and schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
I want to know about Naropa University – founded by the Beats.
Do you have a favorite poem you can share with us?
How do you go about writing poems?
Take a break from NaNo and write a poem. Write a poem about how bad your novel is progressing. Write a poem about pain and unfilled word counts. Write a haiku and relish how easy 17 syllables are.
Word of the Week
adjective: Fat, jolly, and convivial.
After Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Earliest documented use: 1809.
If you were to asking me the pending question, “What is one way to make a fair decision when you hold a bias on a subject?” my basic response would have to be that I really couldn’t find one. But, because this is not part of the assignment, I obviously cannot give that answer. Now, I have to think out of the box.
To Damnation Press for taking Future Girls! They will start work on the book after the holidays, but we have a deal!
And to Damien and my husband for putting up with the madness and distraction that comes with NaNoWriMo. Andrew hates November.