Black Lawrence Press

Poetry Consultations with Bettina Judd

Do you have an in-progress collection of poems that could use an expert eye? If so, we’ve got four talented poets, all of whom have a great deal of experience as writing teachers, who are ready to help.

Manuscripts may be up to 75 pages in length and should be formatted in 12 point font. The consulting fee is $250. The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is April 30, 2017. Our poets will respond with their critiques by May 31.

Read on to learn more about Bettina Judd. If you might be interested in working with TJ Beitelman, Elizabeth J Colen, or David Rigsbee, click on the “Consultations” button at the top of this page and make your selection from the dropdown menu.

Space in this program is limited, so be sure to submit your manuscript soon!

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Statement of Purpose

To adopt a quote by Audre Lorde: I still do not find poetry to be a luxury. It is a succinct strategy for building a world. For those of us who might find the world to be a strange and dangerous place, that work is most vital. For this reason, I expect for a poem to do a lot of work. This makes the process of building a collection of poems a noble kind of labor in which concepts, themes, and story telling connect intricate worlds—making something even more compelling.

These consultations will take into account your topic and themes in addition to taking great consideration to the details of individual poems. Questions I will ask of your manuscript: Are you being true to the voice and intent of your project? How cohesive is the concept? How are you addressing form (free verse, too, is form) and its purpose within the concept?

I will offer in-line comments to individual poems and address the above issues in a longer overall response. What I want to give to you is a careful eye that takes into serious consideration the incredible work you have put together, and, ultimately, wish to share with the world.

By Bettina Judd

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Upcoming Consultations

We’re planning some great consultations for 2017! Creative nonficiton with Abayomi Animashaun, fiction with Kelly Magee, poetry with Jessica Piazza and much more. Stay tuned for details!

Bettina Judd

Bettina Judd was born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California. She teaches courses in Black women’s art, Black culture, and Black feminist thought. She has received fellowships from the Five Colleges, the Vermont Studio Center and the University of Maryland. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry by Mythium Literary Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Torch, Mythium, Meridians and other journals and anthologies. More about her can be found at and

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