Charles Harper Webb

Charles Harper Webb was a rock guitarist for fifteen years and is now a licensed psychotherapist and professor at Cal State University, Long Beach. He has written five books of poetry, including Liver, which won the 1999 Felix Pollak Prize, and Reading the Water, which won the S.F. Morse Poetry Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His manuscript, Amplified Dog, was the winner of the 2005 Benjamin Saltman Award and published by Red Hen Press.

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A Million MFAs Are Not Enough

Charles Harper Webb

Publication Date: November 14, 2016

$18.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-724-6


A Million MFAs Are Not Enough takes aim at the dullness that has cost poetry its general audience, and scores a direct hit. This collection of essays by Charles Harper Webb, the man called “Southern California’s most inventive and accessible poet” shows how American poetry has betrayed the general reader, and how poets can win those readers back with poems that, like the best fiction, grab the reader and hold on.

Something is rotten in the state of American poetry. With respect to audience and artistry, poetry has shot itself in many portions of its anatomy, and keeps blasting. The fact that vast numbers of poems are published every year, and a large number of Creative Writing students and graduates combine to read a few of them, does not mean that poetry is on the right track. As an acclaimed poet and veteran teacher of poetry, Charles Harper Webb knows what it takes for a poem to grab a reader’s attention and hold on. As a former rock singer/guitarist and a licensed psychotherapist, he understands how to connect with an audience. A Million MFAs Are Not Enough shows–with concrete tips that working writers can use–how poetry can return to cultural relevance again. He champions poems that enlighten as they entertain–as these extraordinary essays do.

Amplified Dog

Charles Harper Webb

Publication Date: February 28, 2006

$15.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-022-3


Charles Harper Webb’s eccentric and distinct writing style makes this collection of poetry a funny and charmingly memorable read. A melting pot of pop culture, historical references, and everyday life, Webb’s poems are refreshingly candid and straightforward.

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