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Where Have All the Letters Gone? by Diana Raab

Diana Raab

My platform as a writer began more than five decades ago with a Khalil Gibran journal and by writing letters to my parents from summer sleep away camp. Although my first letter included only five words, “I hate camp, Love, Diana,” those days marked the beginning of my life-long fascination with the handwritten letter. After

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Guest Post: Impeaching White Jesus: Recreating Poetry in Nigerian Literature by Shoola Oyindamola

Shoola Oyindamola

In poetry and literature, I am most critical of the languages, styles, and techniques that many upcoming Nigerian writers employ these days. Because some of these writers do not have concrete foundation in poetry written by their own ancestors, it is normal for them to mimic the “European style of poetry” in their works. Although

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Guest Post: On Rewinding by Mel Xiao

Mel Xiao

(I will preface this the only way I feel appropriate: it will be very clear that this was written by a high schooler trying to be mature.)

I like that saying, “You spend the rest of your life rewriting the first poem you ever loved.” To be fair, I’m a sucker for any and all

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Plot: How to Drive Your Story with Impossible Situations by Betty Krasnik

Betty Krasnik

In order to write a good plot, you need to take big risks. Often times when we write, we fall into the usual patterns of building suspense. We are not being unique in our choices, because in that moment, we feel that it will be impossible for our character to get out of that situation

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Guest Post: Dishwater and Death: The Writer’s Promise by Willow Becker

Willow Becker

I’ve been a hobby writer since I was 5 years old. It was never a goal to make writing my living. I wanted to be an actress, an FBI agent, a witch. Writing is something I picked up along the way, always doing, but never really believing I could make a living

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A Conversation with C.S.E. Cooney

CSE Cooney

An interview by Alicia Cole.

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is an audiobook narrator, singer/songwriter, and author of World Fantasy Award Winner Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her work includes the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and poetry collection How to

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Guest Post: Why poets write stage plays by Doug Van Hooser

Doug Van Hooser

The most obvious reason would be because I went to a play the other night and there were only eight people in the audience. The capacity of the theater is between forty and fifty depending on the size of the individuals attending. I only say that because one man took up two seats but unlike

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Guest Post: Stained by Jordan Abbruzzese

Jordan Abbruzzese

“Oh God. Do I have brown all over the back of my pants?” I spun around clumsily, my supervisor’s eyes wide. I had just torn into some chocolate from the jar at reception’s desk and dropped some on my new office chair. Minutes later, the heat from my legs melted the treat, staining my chair

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A Conversation with Lisa Aldridge

Lisa Aldridge

An interview by Alicia Cole.

Lisa Aldridge lives in the magical Ozarks. She is the author of The Dangerous Impressions Series (NA, Suspense/Romance). Her forthcoming works include: The Ring O’ Callum Brodgar (Melange Books, 2017), Fiery Impressions, Be a Grass Fire, The Death and Rebirth of Maria Sanchez, and The Caregivers.

Before

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Guest Post: A Résumé’s a Résumé No Matter How Small by Kiana Donae

Kiana Donae

My first job was selling shaved ice during one summer I visited my dad in Tennessee. The business was based out of a small trailer home off one of the main streets. The cash register, shaved ice machine, and all the syrups and supplies were crammed into one small bedroom of a home and we

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