Announcing the Poets & Writers’ Get the Word Out Debut Poetry Cohort

Get the Word Out, a publicity incubator program for debut writers from Poets & Writers, has announced their inaugural poetry cohort. The program is designed to pair debut poets with a Publicity Mentor who will guide them in executing a successful publicity campaign for their first major book publication.

Photos courtesy of the writers. Caitlin Cowan photo credit: Chantal Roeske. Sebastian Merrill photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan. Sahar Muradi photo credit: Krista Fogle.

The poets selected for the inaugural Publicity Incubator for Debut Poets are:

  • Ashia Ajani, Heirloom (Write Bloody Publishing; April 18, 2023)
  • Caitlin Cowan, Happy Everything (Cornerstone Press; February 1, 2024)
  • Ae Hee Lee, Asterism (Tupelo Press; January 24, 2024)
  • Sebastian Merrill, GHOST :: SEEDS (Texas Review Press; October 2023)
  • Sahar Muradi, Octobers (University of Pittsburgh Press; October 2023)
  • Olatunde Osinaike, Tender Headed (Akashic Books; December 5, 2023)
  • Dimitri Reyes, Papi Pichón (Get Fresh Books Publishing; Summer 2023)
  • Leslie Sainz, Have You Been Long Enough at Table (Tin House Books; September 26, 2023)
  • Violet Spurlock, In Lieu of Solutions (Futurepoem; October 2023)
  • Jorrell Watkins, Play|House (Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press; April 15, 2024)

The poet’s Publicity Mentor for Get the Word Out is Morgan Larocca. Larocca, a publicist at Milkweed Editions, was previously a Publicity Associate at Graywolf Press and served as Marketing and Publicity intern at Tin House Books.

Support the poets will receive include workshops led by experienced publicity, sales, and marketing teams. They will also learn from peers who have successfully promoted their own books and learn what does and doesn’t work during a book’s publicity cycle.
Learn more about the program at Poets & Writers.

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