Maritza Rico Interviews Anna DiMartino
Anna DiMartino and Ron Salisbury have started a group for poets who want to share their work, listen to others’ writing, and learn from their fellow peers. The (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society is your opportunity to communicate with poets from the community and feed off of each other’s talents. The group of poets will be meeting at The Ink Spot on Wednesdays from 9 to 11am. Please note: The rate for this group has been reduced. This is a weekly drop in fees are $10/members and $15/non.
Anna DiMartino answered some questions about what the group meetings will consists of and who would be a good fit for it.
Maritza Rico: First off, can you tell us a little about yourself? What you do? What are your hobbies, interests, maybe accomplishments?
Anna DiMartino: I am a native San Diegan, though I escaped just long enough to have a few adventures. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Studio Art, went on to do graduate work at SDSU in Child and Family Studies, then went on to get my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and am now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts while working as the director of a small non-profit preschool. In my spare time, I enjoy doing ceramics, knitting, making jewelry, and needle felting. I do not enjoy tidying the house. I’m a single mom and live with my teen and tween daughters.
MR: The (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society is a group for writers by writers… Do attendees need to have any qualifications to be a part of it?
AD: This group is open to anyone interested in writing poetry and learning about contemporary poetry. Our focus tends more toward writing and reading accessible poetry.
MR: Are you looking for people with specific interests?
AD: We welcome all writers and hope that our participants will have varied interests, otherwise it would not be too interesting.
MR: What kind of poetry will you be discussing with the group?
AD: We will focus mainly on accessible contemporary poetry, looking closely at poetic devices including metaphor, imagery, rhythm, meter, and figurative language, to name a few.
MR: Every good writer’s work goes through a couple of eyes before it is finalized. Will there be an opportunity for revision and critique of the students’ personal work?
AD: A good portion of our meeting will be focused on critiquing each other’s work. We will provide guidelines for critique etiquette at our first meeting. We ask that participants who wish to have their work critiqued bring in 5-10 copies of a poem that has not yet been published. Due to time constraints, we must limit work submitted for critique to one page in length.
MR: What are you hoping for this group space to be like?
AD: Our hope is that the (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society will provide a supportive atmosphere in which writers can share their work, both new and in progress.
MR: What is the main reason you started the group?
AD: I started this group because I have found that my own writing thrives when I can bounce my ideas off other people. It’s great to have an extra set of eyes and ideas. I’ve also found that it’s essential to block out time just for writing.