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Guest Post: What to Remember While Time Traveling by Lisa Aldridge

My grandfather took me fishing when I was a little girl. I’ll never forget the thrill of catching my first fish and the utter horror at how that fish flopped around helplessly gasping for gill-filtered oxygen. Until the moment I pulled that creature from the lake, the fish had never taken notice of the water

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Guest Post: Because of Merwin by Michelle Boland

It’s time for a confession. I have been hiding my poetry writing as a shameful secret for quite some time. Those few occasions when I spoke the words out loud to someone, “I’m a poet,” I felt like I was confessing something taboo like, “I’m a sex addict, or “I eat raw cookie dough.” Poetry

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Guest Post: Writing into the Void by Sarah Bradley

Sarah Bradley

It’s something straight out of a science fiction novel: a dark and limitless expanse, full of bright stars, as foreign and intangible as any distant galaxy.

It’s a kind of limbo, a gray area where my thoughts are made concrete on the page but haven’t actually transformed into anything meaningful yet.

It’s an imaginary abyss

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Guest Post: Keeping the Writer-in-You Fed by Carol Park

Carol Park

In my previous blog I discussed the many mandates given writers about keeping up their writing life. I question whether these literary practices are actually absolute in nature. They are often touted with the same certainty as a college education.

Personally, I’ve found that a literary practice immensely useful during one portion of my life

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Guest Post: Practicing the Literary Arts by Carol Park

Carol Park

I consider my practice of the literary arts routinely. Do you, dear writer?

I’ll appreciate your comments. Being asked to write about my literary practices has galvanized me to think on this in a deeply personal and extended manner. It’s like putting a stick of words in the ground and tying the frond of the

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Guest Post: Shortcut to Characterization: Music, by Brendan Stephens

Brendan Stephens

For years most of my fiction has been about characters in bands, usually in the punk and hardcore scene. It started with the whole “write what you know” thing. Before I started to write with any sort of regularity, I played in three different bands, lived in a punk house, ran a small label, recorded

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Guest Post: An Open Letter to My Childhood Heroes (And Their Authors) by Liza Carrasquillo

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Dear Heroes,

I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for being there for me when I was a child with little else to find comfort in. When I was sick and stuck in bed, we passed through the Phantom Tollbooth and drove through the worlds of the Doldrums and Digitopolis. When my

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Guest Post: As Student Writers by Alena Zhang

Alena Zhang

We are often intimidated at the thought of putting our writing out into the world. Writing makes us vulnerable; reading someone’s poem is like peeking into their soul. Without writing, however, we would have no way to articulate the inner workings of our minds. Our hopes, our fears, our existential questions – the thoughts that

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Guest Post: Belly-flopping in other people’s waterholes by Elizabeth Morton

Elizabeth Morton

Okay. Poetic license. That’s a thing right? It usually involves a mixed metaphor, a dubiously placed semi colon, a counter-intuitive line break. Wow, that’s licentious, people might disclaim. Behold, the shock-jock of grammar. Look at her go, with her odd hyphenations and decapitalised deities.

Poetic license as aesthetic… it’s a thing and I’m buying into

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Guest Post: To Find the Time to Write by Eric Rasmussen

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Let’s all imagine a nice middle-America gal named Laura. Laura likes colorful sweaters, loves her daughters, and feels ambivalent about her job, maybe as a nutritionist. Plenty of things bring Laura joy: homemade marinara sauce, suggestive text messages from her husband, and occasional rainy weekend afternoons during which she introduces her kids to her favorite

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