If you’re a poet, how are you going to survive if you can’t get a teaching job?
In PLAN B: A POET’S SURVIVORS MANUAL, McIntosh offers the answer: you need a Plan B if you want to put food on the table, wear shoes without holes in the soles, and stop living with roommates before you turn sixty. Taking us on a witty, fascinating, no-holds barred romp through his own experiences in the world of commercial writing and publishing, McIntosh reassures us that it is possible to have a successful career as a poet while holding down day jobs that make us better writers.
"PLAN B: A POET’S SURVIVORS MANUALis a wonderful book, an important book, a book aspiring writers of fiction and poetry should read. On page 50: "The best day job for a poet involves writing. ; Writing anything. . .will make you a better writer." I have said these exact words to many students, many writers, and have lived my life by this credo... My entire career, which strikes even me as improbable, illustrates many of your "survival tips."" –David Lehman, Editor, The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Series Editor, The Best American Poetry
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry.
Sandy McIntosh is publisher of Marsh Hawk Press. His recent memoirs, A HOLE IN THE OCEAN: A HAMPTONS' APPRENTICESHIP and LESSER LIGHTS: MORE TALES FROM A HAMPTONS' APPRENTICESHIP feature stories of the writers and artists of Long Island's Hamptons who were his mentors. He has published fifteen collections of poetry and prose as well as three award-winning computer software programs. His filmscript won the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas.