Earning a Living at Poetry?

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

What a thought! Recently, two poets I know brought this up as once having been a goal for them. However, they soon found that unless one combines the writing of poetry with a full-time teaching job in English/poetry, the odds are pretty slim at earning a living from it. Even with grants, your earnings wouldn’t pay the rent or even food. But, maybe  in fifty years or a bit sooner, if poetry gets the visibility it needs among the public, it could happen.

And, wouldn’t it be great if we started seeing poetry as a category on book bestseller lists in major newspapers, alongside fiction and non-fiction? Poets are now a part of the Presidential inaugurations, so maybe regular significant public exposure isn’t far behind.

The key to greater visibility happens with each step we take. For example, if you work to get poetry displayed in your community, that will…

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