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A Conversation with Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier

An interview by Alicia Cole.

Tobi Alfier is a multiple Pushcart nominated poet and Best of the Net nominee whose poems have appeared in The Chaffin Journal, Chiron Review, Gargoyle, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Los Angeles Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Suisun Valley Review, Town Creek Poetry, and other print and online

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Guest Post: On Finitude by Thomas Snarsky

Thomas Snarsky

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,

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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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