Smart Bets: The Rag-Pickers Guide to Poetry

As faculty members of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Eleanor Wilner and Maurice Manning have, between them, decades of teaching experience, many published collections of poems and (in Manning’s case) Pulitzer Prize finalist status. All of which made them the perfect team to edit The Rag-Picker's Guide to Poetry: Poems, Poets, Process. The volume, the MFA program's seventh faculty anthology, includes the works and thoughts of 35 poets. A number of them — Alan Shapiro, Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Jennifer Grotz, James Longenbach, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Alan Williamson and Karen Brennan, with Wilner and Manning — will give brief readings at Malaprop's on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 6:30 p.m., free. malaprops.com.

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