H&H Press
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Elaine Preston

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Cover: textured cream with purple ink
ISBN: 0-9620790-1-4
Publish Date: Aug., 1997
No. of Pages: 104 pages, perfect bound.
Size: 8.5"x11"
Cost: $17.50


In this textbook, Preston takes the poet step-by-step through the process of poetry, from creation through practice writings to presentation of the polished form to an audience and editor. Emphasis on pre-crafting,with a touch of humor thrown in, allows readers the freedom to laugh at themselves as they develop an effective poem. Tips on how to give and receive critiques, sample exercises, and various drafts by other poets enable the reader to visualize all the aspects of a poem.

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About the Author

 Raised in South Carolina, Elaine Preston is Professor of English at the Western Campus of Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, N.Y.  A member of Pennwriters, Poets and Writers, and Long Island Poetry Collective, she is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship in Linguistics at the University of South Carolina, an Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, two Special Opportunity Stipend Awards from the N.Y. Foundation for the Arts (1994, 1996), and the N.Y. State Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching.  In addition to being a frequent workshop coordinator at con-ferences and retreats and a recent poet-in-residence at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA, she has read widely in the NY metropolitan area and has appeared on television and radio.

 Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including the NY Quarterly, Mississippi Valley Review, Zone 3, LI Quarterly, Color Wheel, Mink Hills Journal, Poets On, Verve, Treasure House, ELF:Eclectic Literary Forum, Passager, Peregrine, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and Comstock Review.

Preston is the author of  Look for a Field to Land, a collection of poetry published by Bridge Works Publishing of Bridgehampton, N.Y. (1994).  She received first prize in The Devilís Millhopper 1996 Kudzu Poetry Contest, second prize and honorable mention in two ďArt in the AirĒ poetry contests, and honorable mentions in the 1996 Passager Poet Contest, the Treasure House Dedicated Poetsí Competition, and the National League of American Pen Women/Portlandís National Poetry Contest.

For workshops, lectures, readings, please contact Elaine Preston at:
Sagtikos Building, Room 202
Suffolk County Community College
Western Campus
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
PH: (516)851-6788
or e-mail
Elaine Preston

Click on link to go to Elaine Preston's website.

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Address: RR 2, Box 241
City: Middlebury Center
State: PA
Zip: 16935
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