I always wanted to be a writer, but I was afraid I never could be because I didn’t think I was creative enough. In the fifth grade, my public school moved me into Honors classes based on standardized test scores. Suddenly, I was expected to actually study and do creative things. Up until that point,
Continue reading Guest Post: The Creative One by CL Bledsoe
(Dedicated to Idiots, Assholes, Delvers, and Thinkers)
Topographies are important. The feel of the land. A lover’s feel, inspirited and hearthsick; caressing hands roughly over protrusions and pressing fingers into the furrows of the terra—that’s how you write, that’s the magic, the only good way about it. You grab the land, you bear
Continue reading Guest Post: On Drinking and Driving, and On Writing by nv baker
Okay, so maybe the Marx Brothers didn’t really teach me to write poetry, but these wordplay magicians did ingrain in me a love of humor and language that helped seed my desire to manipulate language myself.
I’m not the only one still finding inspiration in the Marx Brothers’ comedy— The makers of Family Guy, Mickey
Continue reading Guest Post: How the Marx Brothers Taught Me to Write Poetry by Marcella Benton
We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest. — Horace
The bathroom remodel is coming along fine, and thanks for asking. But it’s taken up most of my summer, and no small amount of money,
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Confession: I’m obsessed with yoga. I took my first yoga class three years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
As obsessions usually do, my yoga practice has seeped into my everyday life in more ways than one. More often than not, I find unexpected ways to link what I learn on
Continue reading Guest Post: Loving-Kindness for Writers by Jessica Demarest
When I was a kid, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas stretched, becoming magical and seemingly endless. Each day my brother and I opened a paper window on our Advent calendar to reveal a tiny square of the hidden picture. We stared at the presents collecting under the tree, our anticipation mounting. The days were
Continue reading Guest Post: Making Piñatas and Making Time by Eva Langston
I remember the first time I had the guts to tell someone I wanted to be a writer. I was a sophomore in college. At the time, my horrible grades in math weren’t enough to help me transition into one of the best journalism schools in the country. After years of ignoring a nagging inclination
Continue reading Guest Post: Why Some People are Still Afraid of the ‘L’ Word by Lyndsey Ellis
I was sitting in an office with my poetry teacher during my last semester at school. Her window faced the arching freeway onramp of the 57 North, shooting white glints from cars onto the finger paintings and crayon sketches pinned to her walls. We were talking about sex.
It began with poetry, of course. I
Continue reading Guest Post: Nipple Slips and Murder: a List of Illegal Things by Julianne Berokoff