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One Text, 1,076 Poems: Erasing Infinite Jest

Posted on Thu, Feb 4 2016 9:00 am by Jenni B. Baker

How I take Ezra Pound’s imperative to “make it new” while working on Erasing Infinite, a multi-year project where I create poetry via erasure from Infinite Jest.

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From Writing Young to Teaching Youth

Posted on Wed, Feb 3 2016 10:00 am by Isabel Harding

Why the question "Do you want to be a writer" frustrated me as a young writer, and how I let my youth writers today know I take their writing seriously.

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Writing Life: Your Story Needs You

Posted on Mon, Feb 1 2016 6:00 pm by Ashley Abramson

It took me a few years, but I've committed to writing about myself during life's most precious and raw moments. You should too.

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How Time Is Elastic, and Other Poetic Musings

Posted on Thu, Jan 28 2016 11:50 am by Rachel Moritz

Take a ride through time and beauty with poet and Loft teaching artist, Rachel Moritz, as she explores the impact of language in poems by Stanley Kunitz and Jorie Graham.

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Creating the Character Called "I"

Posted on Tue, Jan 26 2016 11:30 am by Rachel Gabriel

Memoir is self-portraiture. But what does the reader need to know about the memoirist in order to be captured by the story? How does a memoir writer decide which life details can be left out of one story, but are absolutely critical to the next? Successfully creating a character of the self is crucial to the memoir. Consider these tips and questions as you develop your "I" character.

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Reading Like a Writer: Intimacy and Dissonance in Dialogue

Posted on Mon, Jan 25 2016 1:00 pm by Allison Wyss

Bette Adriaanse's Rus Like Everyone Else is a startling novel about a set of lonely neighbors whose lives intersect in peculiar ways. Near the end of the novel, two characters come together. Grasping at intimacy, they flounder and then find a path that's specific to them. See how the author avoids mushiness and structures the intimate dialogue perfectly....


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Inside the MFA: R & R (Revision and Relaxation)

Posted on Fri, Jan 22 2016 6:00 pm by Miriam Karraker

This is sort of a strange post as I’m not actually in class or teaching from mid December through mid January, but in this liminal winter break place, I’m thinking a lot about revision. This idea of a “break” is sort of laughable to me since I think there’s always something to revise, and new pieces to write. The work never ends. I can always tinker but I don’t think I’d have it another way.

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Resolutions Beyond the New Year

Posted on Wed, Jan 20 2016 10:00 am by Dawn Frederick

Tired of resolutions and lists yet? I’ve always been a non-resolution person. Instead I offer ways you can develop a list of simple and easily achievable writing goals. Take however much time it suits you to accomplish them. Weeks, months, years....

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Lit Chat: Meet Hieu Minh Nguyen

Posted on Mon, Jan 18 2016 1:00 pm by Molly Fuller

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a rising star in the Twin Cities and national poetry world. The Loft blog takes a closer look at his fun quirks and his many accomplishments. 

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The Barfly Test: Is Your Travel Story Interesting Enough to Publish?

Posted on Fri, Jan 15 2016 3:30 pm by Harry Leeds

I always come back from a trip with stories to tell and an impulse to share them. These days, what I did and where I went is easy enough to determine from my Facebook page. Between these curated snapshots there is always a more interesting tale to tell, and most of the time this story is more difficult to articulate than flashing a few selfies. So how can I, or anyone, make these memories worth hearing?

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