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Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence

Posted on Fri, Mar 27 2015 9:00 am by Carissa Jean Tobin

Last Friday night I turned my phone off at 6 p.m. and didn’t turn it back on until Saturday around noon. Do you know what I missed in those 17 hours of not checking my texts and emails?

Not a thing. When I turned it back on, I didn’t have even one new text, voicemail, or email.

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Seeking Truth: An Interview with Aimee Suzara

Posted on Thu, Mar 26 2015 9:00 am by Valerie Cabrera

Poet, playwright, and performer, Aimee Suzara “writes to give life to poems and language and characters and stories that may not have been illuminated before.” This is especially clear in her recent book, Souvenir, which centers on the Filipino-American war and the 1904 World's Fair display of Filipino bodies. 

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Revision or Revulsion

Posted on Wed, Mar 25 2015 9:00 am by Reinhardt Suarez

I’m writing this post to highlight what I think is the most important thing to remember all through the revision process. And no, it isn’t copious amounts of chocolate, the Bon Jovi Spotify station, or a puppy. Okay, maybe the puppy some of the time.

It’s honesty with yourself, plain and simple.

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Literary Roundup: Dr. Seuss Museum, Overcoming Rejection, Skateboarding and Writing, and Poetry Out Loud

Posted on Tue, Mar 24 2015 9:15 am by Chris Jones

Today's roundup plans a road trip, considers persistence, compares writing to skateboarding, and celebrates the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud champion. 

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Reading Like a Writer: "Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child" and Fairy Tale Language

Posted on Mon, Mar 23 2015 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

Joy Williams's beautiful short story, "Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child," is a modern fairy tale in which Baba Iaga has a pelican child and the child is killed by John James Audubon.

It's modern because it was written in contemporary times and because it incorporates modern elements, such as Audubon, ornithology, and the murder of "specimens." It's a fairy tale because it stars the fascinating Baba Iaga of Russian folklore. It's also a fairy tale because animals talk and because magic is employed.

But there's more to its fairy-ness than that. Something about the language just feels like fairy tale and I'd like to figure out why.

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Should This Be a Book?: The Nonfiction Proposal

Posted on Fri, Mar 20 2015 9:00 am by Joey McGarvey

Working on a memoir? Got a great idea for a book of investigative journalism? Eager to share your recipes for walleye—or rhubarb—or wild rice with the world?

You’ll probably need a proposal.

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Navigating a Big Writer's Conference—What's Best to Do, What Do You Bring, How to Make the Most of Your Time and Money

Posted on Thu, Mar 19 2015 9:00 am by Mary Carroll Moore

This spring, two major writing conferences happen. One is the annual AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference in Minneapolis on April 8–11. The other is The Muse and the Marketplace, the premiere New England conference sponsored by Grub Street writing school, on May 1-3 in Boston.

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Lit Chat: Meet Daniel Marcou

Posted on Wed, Mar 18 2015 9:00 am by Molly Fuller

When you know, you know. This age-old adage hits us literature lovers all the time; the first few pages into our new favorite novel, a perfectly crafted sentence we’ve just penned, a poem rolled over our tongues, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, this lightning bolt of sureness can strike and change the course of our lives.

Love, or rather, love poetry, is where it began for Daniel Marcou.

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A Better Word than Unlikely

Posted on Tue, Mar 17 2015 9:00 am by Gretchen Marquette

In the spring of 2011, I attended a reading of Jim Moore’s book, Invisible Strings, at Micawber’s bookstore in Saint Paul. Afterwards, while browsing the poetry section, I spotted I Wish I Had a Heart Likes YoursWalt Whitman, by Jude Nutter. The title on the spine was more than enough to make me reach for the book, but when I pulled it from the shelf and saw the cover—a Canadian solider releasing a carrier pigeon—I had to take it home. The pigeon looked so much like a dove, and the soldier was really just a kid.

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publish.me: The Offer

Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2015 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

It has been several busy weeks on my end, and it seems an appropriate time to talk about one of the most exciting steps of one's writing career—receiving the sometimes evasive “offer.”

When you hear the word "offer," images of opportunities and seeing your book published come to mind. Offers don't happen every day, and any writer worth his/her dime will tell writers to savor these moments. For once this door opens, the sign of future things to come is even more tangible; specifically getting published.

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