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Meant to include this in the longer post I just made:
A (tiny) list of my Rhysling-eligible poems is here, along with those from a number of other writers. I was thrilled to have a nomination and make it into the anthology last year, although I'm sure I need to work on getting more published in relevant venues this year before I can be considered a real contender. Onward and upward!

ETA: Speaking of poetry, maybe some of you can help me out with this. I never lacked for readings/other paid gigs in London, because my primary publisher is based there. However, since coming to the US, I've received no invites to local events or to do readings, and, as I understand it, waiting on invites is more polite than being pushy. However, I get the impression I'm not as widely recognized here in the US as in the UK (and that makes perfect sense). What's a good, tactful way of saying "I'm here, and I'm perfectly willing to do readings and events" without coming off as a gratuitous self-promoter? Granted, we poets often have very little choice.

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On this side of the pond and in my neck in the woods,I'd go and speak with the director of some bookshop where they hold book presentations and signings. If you are there in person, you can use non-verbal communication so as not to appear "gratuitously self-promoting" as you may (perhaps) risk appearing if you wrote a letter. But then, I have no idea at all about the etiquette in the US. Let us all know if ity works!

That's a good idea. There's one bookshop in Cambridge I've been attempting to communicate with for quite some time (i.e. two or three years), ever since they once asked me to write them with my book information, but then they promptly proceeded to totally ignore my emails. I guess they didn't want to stock me as badly as they seemed to (I have a connection if only because the owner of said bookshop is associated with my undergrad alma mater).

I would suggest attending open mics which feature published/known poets, or hosted by published/known poets. This way you can meet the people who are organizing these things and network. A lot of this probably relies on who you know. If you network a bit, the people who might be most helpful to you would get to know you and your work and might be willing to ask you to read. Just a thought!

*smacks forehead* Attending open mics is how I started out in the UK 6 years ago, after all. I can be really, really obtuse sometimes.

Hehe, that's what I've been doing myself -- hitting the open mic circuit. :)

Made some good contacts today, in any case.

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