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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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....
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.
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?