Readings and Conferences
Sunday, September 18, 6:00 PM
Reading with Ann Lauinger
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
New York, NY
Friday, October 7, 8:00 PM
Poetry Lab Reading
with Chris Toll and Cynthia Atkins
Tuesday, October 12, 7:30 PM
Normandale Community College
Thursday, October 14, 4:00 PM
St. Olaf College
Thursday, October 14, 7:30 PM
Monday, November 7
Edison State College
Punta Gorda, FL
Tuesday, November 8
St. Petersburg, FL
Wednesday, November 9
Valencia Community College
Winter Park, FL
Poet | Fiction Writer | Critic | Editor
Gerry LaFemina is available for readings, writers' conferences, high school talks, community
outreach, and a variety of other projects, including private instruction and manuscript editing.
He is also a participant in the AWP Benefit Reading program. For information contact LaFemina.
Individual Mentoring, Manuscript Editing,
and Private Tutelage
I have several private students in poetry and fiction writing
(no more than five at any given time), and I also perform
manuscript editing services. People interested in working with
me should query me about a schedule and are also urged to
know my own work some.
People who have worked with me have gone on to publish
books with major university presses, published in serious
literary journals, and published on smaller literary presses.
My criticism is honest--I praise what's working, point out what
isn't and explain why it isn't working--and reflects my years of
experience as an editor, writer, writing teacher, and critic. I
do try to undersand my students' personal aesthetics, and try
to guide them based on fidelity to that aesthetic and
appropriate challenges to it.
Contact Gerry about private tutorials.
Private student rates:
- $75 for up to eight pages of poetry or one story up to
ten pages double spaced. Students get a line by line
reading, a written evaluation of the work, suggested
reading, and a suggestions for new poems or a new
- $85 for a story longer than ten pages.
Manuscript review rates:
- Basic reading: $150 I read the entire manuscript,
make individual poem suggestions, talk about the
organization of the manuscript and its vision, and
discuss what's working, what's not, what's too "there"
in the manuscript, and what's missing.
- Advanced Reading: $225 All the services provided
above, plus I look at poems not included in the
manuscript to see if/how they fit, suggest places to
send the manuscript when it's ready, suggested
I am also available for private workshops with writing groups;
feel free to contact me regarding rates and opportunities.