According to Oscar Wilde, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” Come get some advice, both good and bad, from our lineup of poets. In the darkest times, poets remind us over and over again how to live, how to squeeze out meaning and hope from each day. In the words of one poet, “Find something in the near distance to look forward to.” Start here.
Watershed Reading: Advice
Jenny Benjamin is the owner of her freelance writing business JB Communications, LLC. She is also a part-time English teacher at NOVA Tech high school. Over thirty of her poems have appeared in journals, including DIAGRAM, South Carolina Review, Fulcrum, Baltimore Review, Chelsea, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her first novel, This Most Amazing, was published in 2013 by Armida Books in Nicosia, Cyprus. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her three daughters and dog.
Adam Fell is the author of two books of poetry: Dear Corporation (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and I Am Not a Pioneer, winner of the Posner Best Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (H_NGM_N Books, 2011). He teaches at Edgewood College in Madison, WI and is currently at work on his first novel Daughter of the Hatchet.
Lisa Vihos is the 2015 winner of the Wisconsin People and Ideas Poetry contest and is working on her next book of poetry at her dining room table in Sheboygan, overlooking Lake Michigan.
Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, spent many years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Stoneboat Literary Journal, Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Gyroscope Review, Naugatuck River Review and several other publications. He is a regional VP of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (www.wfop.org). His chapbook, Who Are We Then?, was published by Partisan Press.
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