Poetry manuscripts, full-length and chapbook: I will respond to poem order, sections, overall title, poems to omit/include, and provide some line edits. My process involves printing out and re-ordeirng the manuscript, noting the strongest poems, and writing a response commenting on themes, motifs, and elements of craft. Price depends on page count and amount of line edits required, as well as grammar/punctuation errors, but generally runs $200-$400.
Smaller batches of poems: I’m happy to read and respond to batches of poems, in an ongoing capacity or once. My responses include pointing out what’s working as well as making suggestions and asking questions.
Prose: While my primary expertise is poetry, I also have experience with creative nonfiction and am a long-time reader of speculative fiction. Please feel free to query about those genres.
We will work out the best way to communicate about each project. The default is email, but we can arrange in-person meetings, video calls, phone calls, or instant messaging as needed.
Please contact me using the form below for more information, scheduling, and prices. My standard fee is $50/hour.
NOTE: I have 20+ years experience teaching creative writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) at the college and university level, and over 10 years as co-founder and editor of a literary magazine and chapbook press. I focus on helping writers accomplish what they want to do, rather than dictating a particular aesthetic or approach. This blog post of mine might help explain my philosophy.
I’m also available for readings, talks, lectures, and classes. My specialties as a writer and lecturer focus on poetry, creative nonfiction, and meditation/mindfulness.
“I had been writing poetry for about 10 years and had a number of my poems published in mostly local journals. I realized my next step was to get a chapbook published, easier said then done. I had sent out my manuscript to several publishers without success. I was told often that I needed a theme and that the poems were all OVER THE PLACE and very difficult to combine in any one manuscript. I was becoming frustrated because I wasn’t able to objectively look at my work, see my best writing and see which poems could be grouped together to make a whole. I was lucky enough to get the help I so badly needed from Katie Riegel. She read all the poems I had written and did what other professional writers couldn’t do. She identified my best poems and made suggestions and comments on them that made them even stronger. She also was able to identify 3 themes which although different were able to be side by side speaking to each other! No other reader was able to do this. Her line by line analysis of each poem led to a chapbook which had been given the kind of detailed attention that publishers look for. I am happy to say that the finished chapbook, Ripe, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press and should be available in a few months. This acceptance happened after only a few months of Katie and I working together. I don’t believe this would have happened without her excellent guidance in every aspect of writing poetry. I am so grateful for her help and recommend her unreservedly!” –Evelyn Ann Romano
“Katie was my first poetry teacher and I can’t believe my good fortune to have found myself in her class. As an instructor and writer, she is as gentle as she is scrupulous, as funny as she is startling, as charming as she is resolved. Hers is a voice and a mind and a heart that many need to hear, especially young writers. My writing would not be as honest or satisfied if it were not for her guidance. Whenever I read something I’d call a ‘bad poem,’ I wonder what Katie would do to fix it. Whenever I read something I’ve written, I wonder what Katie would say to me about the language, the tone, the imagery, the point. ”
—Tory, graduating from University of South Florida in 2017/author of nothing/friend to birds
“My first experience in a workshop setting was in Katie’s poetry class at USF. It was also my first experience with writing poetry. Before taking that class, I was terrified about writing poetry, and even more so about workshop, but Katie’s kind nature eased my fears. Over the course of the semester, I learned how to read, critique, write, and love poetry. To this day, I still use the core concepts I learned in her class. If it hadn’t been for Katie, I never would have known that I could write successful poetry.” —Sherri Pooley, University of South Florida class of 2016
“I took Katie’s class at the University of South Florida in 2011. Katie’s passion for the art form resonates in her lectures and workshops. She provides insightful feedback in a positive manner that is easy to digest for even artists as sensitive as myself. On more than one occasion, I was able to improve a poem by way of a simple revision, addition of an enjambed line, or reconsideration of form as suggested by Katie. If poetry is a journey, Katie is a map keeper with intuitive knowledge of where the traveler is trying to go and how to get there on a single tank of gas.” —Tia
“I didn’t expect that poetry would ever be the key to figuring myself out in college. Katie made that happen. She recognized and encouraged me in her soft and kind way. Everything about her is soft, but vibrant and completely sincere: her compliments, criticisms, suggestions, even simple conversation. I learned to look at my life more poetically because of her. I’m a lot happier in my outlook because of her poetry and her guidance. I don’t work in the writing industry, but I would never ever change my degree because of what I learned from Katie.” —Victoria Kucinskas, USF class of 2013, Creative Writing