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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

Eric Rasmussen

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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Guest Post: Poisoned Bait by C. Wade Bentley

C. Wade Bentley

Don’t get me wrong—I like poetry. I write it and read it and listen to it. A lot. And that puts me among a very tiny minority of humans. No one is clamoring for more poetry. Poetry is more available and accessible today than it has ever been, and yet it never goes viral. Go

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Writing that is Alive by Ron Clinton Smith

Ron Clinton Smith

“If you bore yourself, you bore others,” a comedian friend told me years ago. It was true of the very off the wall stand up we were doing at the time, and I’ve lived by it both as a writer and actor since. If what you’re doing isn’t breathing, throbbing, kicking, illuminating, practically exploding off

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Guest Post: Wrestling with the Headlines by Sidney Williams

Sidney Williams

I once pointed a creative writing student in search of mystery story ideas to a Twitter feed that aggregates crime news from across the country.

“That’s going to depress me all day,” he said.

That wasn’t my intent of course. I hoped headlines would begin a quest by piquing his curiosity and imagination. Sometimes I

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Guest Post: Excerpt from the Book, “Underwater Music” by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Breath of wind from the sea flows through your mind, you are both the derelict and the pilgrim, wandering through a memory of yesterday’s dream: a mermaid, alone, her tail stung and stripped by salty caustic waves, each one but a sting on her soul, tenderly

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