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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, poet and bookstore owner Chris Tonelli will lead the session "The Furniture of the Poem: The Space of the Page and How We Fill It."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open, but pre-registration closes Friday, October 28. Don't delay!

Poets, by nature, are obsessive. While this serves us well during the invention phase of writingwe tend to gather and become attached to plenty of interesting materialit can lead to a kind of hoarding. And like in a physical space, we are typically very good at justifying each saved thing's existence and navigating through the clutter they create. Unfortunately, our readers are probably not, nor should we expect them to be. This workshop will be focused on identifying the essential and non-essential elements of a poem and their optimal arrangement, both syntactically and formally. Each participant should send in advance of the workshop three unpublished poems, as a single PDF or Word attachment, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and bring at least twenty copies of each poem to the workshop. In addition to providing material for discussion, these poems will be considered for publication in So & So Magazine.

We asked Chris, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"Don't expect anything from poetrypursuing your version of the perfect poem needs to be enough. You and your poems will suffer if you're looking for it to do more."

Chris Tonelli works in the libraries at North Carolina State University and co-owns So & So Books in downtown Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera. He is a founding editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC, and he curates the So & So Series and edits So & So Magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks and a full-length collection, The Trees Around (Birds, LLC).

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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