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149: Poetry napping and playing with Mimi Herman, poet, fiction writer, and educator

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Get your notepad ready to jot down the words and wisdom of Mimi Herman. You’ll hear writing tips a plenty and Mimi reading two of her very well-chosen poems. Mimi has the incredible ability to combine compassion, craft, and play in her teaching and her writing. You’ll hear her speak about writing in these extraordinary times and the value of taking a poetry nap.

If you’d like a deeper Poetry Nap experience, Mimi Herman will be leading a Poetry Nap workshop at the NC Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21 in Durham, NC. (In-person and online options are available for the conference)


Mimi Herman is a writer and editor, Kennedy Center teaching artist, and co-director of Writeaways writing workshops in France, Italy, New Mexico, and online. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students with writing workshops. She is a Warren Wilson alumna and the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, and serves as a member of the AWP Board of Directors. Mimi has held readings at Why There are Words, Symphony Space, and—with David Sedaris—at Memorial Auditorium in North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Prime Number, and other journals. She is the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning. Her latest collection of poetry, A Field Guide to Human Emotions, is available from Finishing Line Press, and her novel, The Kudzu Queen, will be released from Regal House Publishing in 2023. You can find Mimi at and


Tickets for Every Brilliant Thing produced by Justice Theater Project, Oct. 8-24, 2021. (You remember Thaddaeus Edwards in MASTER BUILDER and Happy Anniversary: Declaration of Love Episode 8?)

Contribute to the fund for JESUS PANCAKE, a nine episode original audio drama series.

Thank you to Yohanna Baez, Neal Bell, Ian Bowater, Matthew Hager, Andrea Moore, and the Justice Theater Project for their generous contributions.


If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 6 episodes of the ASBX shorts and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, and the audio anthology DECLARATION OF LOVE available everywhere you get your podcasts.