"Swirl and Swing is a community of serious writers who are committed to writing every week and, just as important, to critiquing the writing of others. We like to maintain a group of about eight writers so there is always something on the table and always a conversation going. The group values critiques that don’t stop at “I like this” but delve into what’s likable about it, what’s working and not working, whether the piece is heading in its most advantageous direction, whether there is room to push forward. The atmosphere is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. We love experimentation and maintain a space where failure is encouraged and celebrated as the only way to create something verdant and new. I like to think of the group as an estuary where we can all be little fish together before we venture out of the reeds into the open water. Please click HERE to see a description of how the group works. If you think you might be a good fit, send a couple sample poems and a brief bio. Someone from the group will respond to you shortly."