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How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript

This craft talk gives you a hands-on approach to finding the best order for your manuscript to keep readers (and contest judges) hooked. Topics include why editors care about poem order, publishing industry insight, recent trends in literary awards, ethical considerations, and more. Open to everyone interested in publishing a poetry book, whether you are just starting out or have a completed manuscript.


Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award. She and E. J. Koh co-translated The Lightest Motorcycle in the World by Korean poet Yi Won (forthcoming Zephyr Press, 2021). She has received fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association, and her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The New York Times, Best Small Fictions, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. More at


Details: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript takes place Monday, July 12 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom. 


Zoom Info: Register for the talk and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. 

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