Writing and reading can be solitary, but it doesn't have to be. I encourage you to attend local readings, workshops, lectures, workshops and festivals in your area. Pay careful attention to each author. Listen to how the reader presents her work. Can you hear the music?
In Washington, D.C., check out the regular Poetry News (put out by the Beltway Poetry Quarterly.) My favorite series are the readings at the Folger Shakespeare Theater, Politics and Prose, and Georgetown University.
For more local connections, check out the links on the right side of this blog. Is something missing? Let me know (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com.)