Award-winning Stratford poet publishes first book, launches online poetry writing program

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Award-winning Stratford poet Heidi Sander celebrates the recent publication of her debut collection of poetry, The Forest Of My Mind, and the launch of her new online program Pathways to Poetry.

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Heidi Sander from Stratford has been very busy since winning the 2021 Prime Number Magazine International Poetry Award for her play, How we live, earlier this year.

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In keeping with the publication of his poem in the 199th issue of Prime Number Magazine this month, Sander also published his first book, The forest of my mind, which includes her award-winning piece as well as her entire collection of poetry she wrote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So much has happened since I won my award. It’s an exciting time for me just to finally see my book in print and be able to launch it, ”said Sander, noting that the collection represents his first foray into the world of professional poetry as a writer.

And as someone who has debated at length whether or not to publish her work to the world, Sander is also excited to launch her new online Pathways to Poetry program aimed at helping emerging and established poets advance their craft. . level and gain the confidence and knowledge they need to take that next step by publishing and promoting their work.

“Just by working on the poems and publishing my book, I realized how powerful poetry was when I was writing about my own grief and loss and that there are so many feelings right now. from indigenous communities to healthcare workers to parents trying to teach their kids home during the pandemic and keep jobs. I mean, there are so many situations right now, and I just think poetry is a step towards healing.

“I really hope this can light a way for people,” Sander said.

At a cost of $ 495 with payment plans and scholarships available for those who cannot afford it, Pathways to Poetry will be offered in phases, the first of which is available now and focuses on offering counseling. , writing tips and exercises as well as the basics of writing in different poetic styles, and includes ideas from Sander and a number of other acclaimed and award-winning poets along the way.

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“Even as established poets, we need to diversify and always expand our work,” Sander said. “It’s important to have reminders and also to look at different types of perspectives and different techniques to use in poetry. It’s good to have that spark every now and then and try out different writing exercises.

“It sometimes helps unleash creativity when writer’s block knocks on our door, which happens quite frequently. “

And for emerging poets or people who want to write poetry but don’t know where to start, Sander said she wants to establish a roadmap to get started and give them the confidence to finally put pen to paper.

Ultimately, Sander said she would add classes on the business side of poetry, including classes on publishing and promotion, for an additional fee.

For more information and to register for Pathways for Poetry, visit pages.heidisander.com/pathwaystopoetry to add your name to the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will receive an email with more information on how to register for the online course, which is presented through multimedia lessons and downloadable resources to give students the chance to participate. ” learn the material at their own pace.

Sander’s book, meanwhile, is currently available in Fanfare Books and other local bookstores, as well as online bookstores.

Sander will be stopping by local bookstores over the next few weeks to sign copies of The forest of my mind. To find out when and where she’ll be signing copies of her book, follow @heidisanderwriter on Facebook and Instagram.

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