Featured class: The Storied Object with Vanessa Ramos starts April 16.

Restoration through Creation for Those Who Have Experienced Poverty

Posted on Wed, Apr 1 2015 9:00 am by Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

We swim in our mother’s stress hormones, breathe in toxins, and are victims of violence at higher rates than folks born into families with more resources. Yet, something magical happens when individuals born and raised in demoralizing conditions due to persistent poverty begin to give the account of their own lives. Conditions, factors, and correlations do not have the last word. Poverty does not have the last word.

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Literary Roundup: RIP Tomas Tranströmer, National Poetry Month, Surviving AWP, and Celebrating Literary Twin Cities

Posted on Tue, Mar 31 2015 9:09 am by Chris Jones

Today's roundup remembers Tomas Tranströmer, prepares for National Poetry Month, advises on AWP survival, and asks which books, authors, and characters best represent the Twin Cities. 

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Loosely Literal: Ten Must-See AWP Panels You Won't Find On The Regular Schedule

Posted on Mon, Mar 30 2015 9:00 am by Sally Franson

Why Won’t Anyone Buy This Book About My Divorce?
All your friends have told you that you have to write a book about this amazing journey you’ve been on for the past two years. So you did. But for some reason no one wants it! Panelists will encourage you to speak your truth while ignoring those people who want to tear you down out of their own insecurities. BYOKombucha.

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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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