Who am I?
Hello! Please, have a seat! *drags a massive reading chair across the room.*
I’m Maya C. Popa, a Romanian-American writer, editor, and teacher.
I’m the Poetry Editor of Publishers Weekly and teach at NYU and elsewhere.
I teach monthly craft classes and workshops over Zoom. Find out my classes here.
Why I started writing this newsletter:
I began this newsletter to talk about my great passions: poetry, wonder, and mindset, with a nice helping of apocryphal and weird literary stuff (see: Emily Dickinson’s gingerbread recipe) sprinkled in.
I also wanted to serialize my PhD research on wonder, partially to debunk the notion that academic research or writing has to be inaccessible or riddled with jargon.
Each Wonder Wednesday, I post a piece that looks at the role of wonder in literature.