So, you want to join the hallowed ranks of the Coupleteers, hmm?
If you’re a poet with the credentials (and disposition) to collaborate with and mentor an emerging poet, you could be a Couplets ‘anchor.’ You might have a significant publication record (one or more full collections, two or more chapbooks, or two or more significant award wins)–or you might have performance, teaching, or poetry community service experience. Either sounds good to Couplets! If you’re interested in participating as an anchor poet, get in touch via coupletsreadingseries[at]gmail[dot]com.
If you’re a poet who considers yourself emerging, you could be a Couplets ‘wildcard.’ Priority is given to younger poets residing or studying in the London region. For some wildcard poets, Couplets provides a first performance opportunity outside of open mics. For some, it provides a first opportunity to collaborate with a more established poet. If you’re interested in participating as a wildcard poet, please send the following bio-cyber-poetic matchmaking profile to coupletsreadingseries[at]gmail[dot]com in a single Word or PDF attachment. It will be fed to a minivan-sized A.I. who will algorithmically pair you with the best anchor poet that Poetry Buck$ can buy.
- 1 paragraph of biographical information and publication history (if applicable);
- 1 paragraph of informal reflection on your interests and investments as a poet;
- 4 – 5 pages of your poetry, particularly of the type you’d like to read at Couplets;
- 4 – 5 brief examples of how you would like to engage with your anchor poet at the Couplets event. Think interview questions, rapid-fire quizzes (e.g., “Plath or Hughes? Brodsky or Walcott? Apples or oranges?”), preplanned writing exercises (e.g., “I asked you to write a couplet about Walcott eating an orange. Can you share that now?”), on-the-spot writing exercises (e.g., “In the next two minutes, write a couplet about an orange eating Walcott. Can you describe your process out loud as you write it?”), or—really—any other prompts for intriguing, insightful, or surprising dialogue.
Be very, very, very creative.Be more creative than what you see above.