My First AWP: A Beginner’s Experience Navigating This Important Writer’s Conference by Brad WIndhauser

My First AWP: A Beginner’s Experience Navigating This Important Conference In addition to being a writer I’m also an academic. Academics attend conferences. In my field, my colleagues often attend the annual MLA conference. I’ve done this once, when the conference was hosted in Philly, which made it easy (and cheap) to attend. Since most […]

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Oddly Optimistic

By Darlene Cah I think most people would agree 2016 was a crazy year. Heartbreaking. Frustrating. Infuriating, mind-numbing with emotions ranging from flaring tempers to blissful denial. And yet, in spite of it all, and an uncertain start to 2017, I’m optimistic. Call me delusional, but yes, I’m optimistic. And I’m determined to remain so. […]

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Goals for 2017 by Brad Windhauser

Goals for 2017 by Brad Windhauser 2016 turned out to be a surprise of a year for me. Personal and political issues aside, I was unprepared for the wonderful surprise of having my second novel accepted and published. Promoting The Intersection upon its release was both challenging and fun. This year I plan to continue […]

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On the Intersection of Literature and Politics (Redux)  

by Ron Hayes In the late fall of 1989, upheaval around the globe seemed to bring pause to the world, as if we were all holding our collective breath. Revolution swirled through the streets and plains and forests and public squares of Eastern and Central Europe. In Prague, a middle-aged dissident writer, the factory-working son […]

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Old Story, Surprising Results

By Darlene Cah 2016 was my love/hate relationship with writing year. It was a year of questioning whether or not I even want to continue. It was a year of just plain being tired of everything. My job was particularly demanding, and because I write for a living, often the last thing I wanted to […]

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2016 – The Year of The Intersection: Not What I Expected by Brad Windhauser

2016 – The Year of The Intersection: Not what I expected When this year started, I looked forward to so many things—not the least of which was getting married, which I did in October. In terms of writing, however, I was committed to finishing two short stories (I came close, and even started two more), […]

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Abigail’s Shaffer’s CHILDREN OF THE COUNTRY, a Fresh Take on Often Overlooked Members of Our Society by: Emilia Fuentes

Abigail’s Shaffer’s CHILDREN OF THE COUNTRY, a Fresh Take on Often Overlooked Members of Our Society by Emilia Fuentes Abigail R. Shaffer’s debut novel Children of the Country is a stark depiction of the modern American South. Set in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas, the novel tells the story of a small community embedded […]

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Just Write a Few Ads

By Darlene Cah This month we’re taking a look at the teachers who influenced us as writers. From the crotchety nuns of my childhood to long-haired hippie types in high school, all the way to the laid-back creatives of art school and grad school, so many teachers have affected my work and my life. One, […]

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Teaching Me To Keep Writing

by Jennie Jarvis As a writer, I’ve had a lot of teachers guide me on my journey to get all those pesky stories out of my head and onto the page. Some of them guided me in a classroom, such as Hal Ackerman and Dr. Lee Beger, teaching me in the traditional manner – teacher […]

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Remembering Raymond

by Ron Hayes I like to think we’ve all had a teacher or two who, somewhere along the way, succeeded where others couldn’t or clicked with us in a way that has remained with us – and will continue to remain with us – for as long as we will remember. For me, there are a […]

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