It's very different than my other work that you've read, that you've liked. You might not like it very much. You're probably going to hate it, actually. * Who the hell are you talking to? Family. Friends who are not writers. Friends who are writers. Colleagues. Ex-boyfriends. Former professors. Yourself. Stop it. You're poisoning everything. … Continue reading You’re Going to Hate My Book
It's Monday morning, post-AWP, and I am limping, like a lot of writers I know, into the week after returning from Minneapolis and the wonderful chaos of our yearly shindig. Exhaustion spiked with that yummy pleasure buzz, the kind that comes after the second but before the fourth finger of bourbon (when it turns into … Continue reading Beautiful News: Love Fest, AWP Style
Very happy to have had the opportunity to talk with Barrelhouse's poetry editor, Dan Brady, about Beautiful Nerve, prose poetry, anxiety and Patrick Swayze! http://www.barrelhousemag.com/#!Sheila-Squillantes-Beautiful-Nerve/cge1/551d4bc20cf215f35a3563d5 This is my first official interview about the book, and I'm happy that it was with a journal that has so supported my work, and the work of many of … Continue reading Beautiful News: Interview with Barrelhouse Magazine
In grad school, I took a course called The Writer as Critic, taught by the formidable Robin Becker, who welcomed us on day one by proclaiming, "Welcome to most practical, important class you will take during your MFA." She had earned and lived that confidence as a long-time reviewer herself, as well as a poet … Continue reading Beautiful News: Seeking Reviews
Last fall I had to put together a list of poets who I thought might be willing to say some nice things about my book when it entered the world. I was counseled to ask people I knew, as well as people I didn't know but whose work I admire. The first bit was … Continue reading Beautiful News: First Blurb!
Next month, we'll all jump in the car on Paul's birthday (he's such a good, supportive sport!) and drive back to State College so I can take part in the reading for this year's Public Poetry Project, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, which is housed at Penn State. This is a wonderful … Continue reading Beautiful News
I'm thrilled to announce that Beautiful Nerve will be the featured poetry title for the Conversations & Connections writers conference in Washington, D.C. on April 8th! This is a terrific one-day conference where you get a ton of good stuff for not very much money. From the website: Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's … Continue reading Beautiful News