Beyond/Within: A Collection of Rengay

This project was so enjoyable and involved a level of collaboration I hadn’t experienced with writing before. The following eight women writers wrote several rengay, a form of linked verse, together: Carol Conti-Entin, Helen K. Davie, Cherie Hunter Day, D. Clair Gallagher, Marianna Monaco, Ebba Story, Joan Zimmerman, and myself. Sometimes there were two authors per poem and other times three. Cherie then chose the poems that would comprise the collection and published the book from her press, Sundog Press, in 1997. I believe it is the first rengay collection of this kind to be published. I also wrote a short essay about the rengay form in 1997, “Collaboration: Exploring Rengay.”

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