The First Song and Mosh:
The best rock and roll concert I’ve ever witnessed was not Metallica or Korn at the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 2000. It was not Tool in Bakersfield at the Bill Graham Auditorium in 2006, and it was not Van Halen at the California Mid-State Fair in 2013, nor
Continue reading Guest Post: Why I Teach My Creative Writing Courses Like a Good Rock and Roll Show by Ephraim Sommers
It never fails. I sit down to write and the blue screen of death flares up in my head, the gears grind to a halt and it’s quiet up there, but for the voice, irritable and argumentative.
What? You want an idea? What? I got no ideas. What do you think I am—an idea machine?
Continue reading Guest Post: The Quarrel by Debra Young
I’ve always had trouble stepping back and seeing the big picture.
“Well, no wonder you’re struggling,” my tenth-grade U.S. History teacher said when we met about my failing grade. “You’ve underlined every single sentence in this textbook. You don’t know how to distinguish main ideas from supporting details.”
My eyes burned with tears. “But I
Continue reading Guest Post: MFA Myopia: The Pain is in the Details by Elizabeth Mastrangelo
I remember getting a copy of Robert Frost’s Collected Poems when I was a senior in high school. I didn’t read much poetry at the time, but I remember taking the book with me as my only company for a three-day sleepaway trip at a local college. The trip was terrible and I hated it,
Continue reading Guest Post: On Finitude by Thomas Snarsky