Emily Dickinson once said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” This week on the blog, we show poetry some appreciation by pointing you towards some poetic Loft events, where to get your poem-listening fix, and even a site that lets you turn tweets into poems.
I’ve learned only three definitive things in my short writing career. Short? When I think of it, I’ve been at this for almost thirty years. Almost thirty years?
Thing one: Writing is reading.
Literary Roundup: Drop in Ebook Sales, the Art of the Last Sentence, and a Tribute to the Paperback Forefather
Today's roundup examines the drop in ebook sales, the art of the last sentence, and pays tribute to the paperback forefather, Aldus Manutius.
We know we have a powerhouse literary community in the Twin Cities, but, dare we say, it's about to get even better this April. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference is coming to Minneapolis, April 8-11! If you've never gone to this essential, annual gathering for writers, teachers, students, editors, publishers, and literary organizations (like yours truly), here's what you need to know.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: (As Claire Peterson) This is a first edition? I can’t accept this. This must have cost a fortune.
RYAN GUZMAN: (As Noah Sandborn) It was a buck at a garage sale. One man’s trash...
—Soundbyte from The Boy Next Door
"According to used books marketplace AbeBooks, since Lopez’s film was released, 'The Iliad, first edition' has been its top search term, ahead of To Kill A Mockingbird. —The Guardian
A spotlight on a couple of our awesomely creative and fun classes tailored for blossoming young writers.
I’ve spoken with many writers who are reluctant to engage in social media even though they know that, at this point in time, having an online platform is essential to promoting their work. They feel it’s overwhelming—too much information, too fast and from too many sources—and a distraction that takes them from the their writing. Both of these things can be true but if you create your platform with intention and engage only in ways with which you feel comfortable, you will be in control of your life online.
So, how do you do that? Here are five quick tips to guide you.
Literary Roundup: Defending Free Expression, Teen Publishing, Red House Winner, and a History of YA Lit
Today's roundup focuses on children's and young adult lit in honor of the Loft's CYA Conference (May 1–3, 2015), including defending free expression, teen publishing, the Red House Children's Book winner, and a history of YA.
Given the shifting landscape of publication and distribution of books, savvy authors are looking for alternative ways to bring their writing to the public. Professional audio recording can open up new audiences for your writing, make your words come alive for listeners, build your career, and improve your future performances.
Edward Carey's Heap House is a young adult novel about a Victorian trash heap and objects gone wild. It's dark and funny and fascinating. It also contains a heap of words that create, rather than simply describe, an experience of intense fear.