Prompt Book

Experiments for Writing Poetry and Fiction

Edited and compiled with introductions and prompts by

Barbara Henning


ISBN 978-1-949966-04-6          366 pages         $25.00

pub date: November 2020


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To offer a prompt is to encourage someone to take action. The prompts in this book are meant to do just that—inspire something new. They are not meant to curtail or restrict the writing experience; they are more like gestures toward beginning a writing experience. Perhaps a writer will become more inventive by working through parts of this book. Writer’s block is an excuse, a misunderstanding; between the mind, the body, the world and the word. In fact, there are infinite possibilities—

Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning moved to New York City with her two children in 1983. After a few interim years in Tucson and Mysore, India, she returned to New York, presently living in Brooklyn. She is a poet who also writes fiction—three novels, Black Lace (Spuyten Duyvil), You Me and the Insects (SD), and Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox); seven full length collections of poetry, A Day Like Today (Negative Capability), A Swift Passage (Quale), Cities & Memory (Chax), My Autobiography (United Artists), Detective Sentences (SD), Love Makes Thinking Dark (UA) and Smoking in the Twilight Bar (UA); and numerous chapbooks. She is also the editor of The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (BV) and Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna). She teaches at Long Island University in Brooklyn and for