Looking back on some of the books I'd been assigned in middle and high school, I realized that I didn't fully appreciate a lot of them. They were usually classics, or harder-to-read books made to challenge us. We practiced noticing motifs, identifying themes, and writing thesis statements that we didn't really take much pride in. … Continue reading Re-Read Your High School Required Books
O child, my child Take care where you tread These people, glass beneath your feet. They shimmer, dazzling But they are broken. O child, young child How gently your hands cradle These shattered fragments before you. A jigsaw heap for you to fix, Beware their jagged edges. O child, lovely child You place … Continue reading Pitter Patter
Hey everyone! I have a very exciting announcement to make. My friends and I have published the first episode of our literary podcast, Lit is Lit! It's so nice to not be a one-woman show anymore, and I cannot wait to continue to work on this project! My friend Abby Scadden and I are the … Continue reading Lit is Lit
It's 2019! Hooray! One of my New Year's Resolutions is to be a little more consistent with my posts on this blog. I only have a few days left of winter break, and I think I'd like to use them to brainstorm and workshop some posts, poems, and maybe even some podcasts! For now though, … Continue reading Happy New Year!
I'm subscribed to the Poetry Foundation's podcast Audio Poem of the Day. I subscribed to this myself, it's not a mystery like their magazine has been. The recordings are sometimes voiced by the poets that wrote them, which I'm a big fan of because every so often you get a little poet's note where they might … Continue reading Straying from Form: Rekdal & the Faux-stina
There are many fantastic big presses that do a lot of great work, and this post is not discrediting large presses at all. Rather, this post is a call to support small presses. There are tons of small presses out in the world as I have very recently learned, and they produce incredible work. Their … Continue reading Support Small Presses
As I mentioned in my last post, I've been subscribing to a ton of email newsletters from poetry publications and websites. One of them has been Poets.org, home of the American Academy of Poets. Honestly, I was a little surprised I hadn't already subscribed to that one, I'm on their site all the time. Now, … Continue reading Mosquitoes—Not So Bad?
I've been looking into small presses, magazines, journals, and publications to potentially submit poetry to. I feel like I've kind of opened Pandora's box with this one, wow. First of all, there are so many small presses out there. Most of which ask for full manuscripts, and I just don't feel ready for that. I … Continue reading Putting Out Feelers: My (Very Early) Dive Into Potentially Getting Published
Is there anything more exciting when one of your favorite things mentions another one of your favorite things? Wonderful! is a podcast hosted by husband and wife Griffin and Rachel McElroy where they talk about things that they love in the world. From their witty banter to their endless positivity, subscribing to this show was … Continue reading Wonderful! Podcast Features “Shedding Skin” by Harryette Mullen
The first day of Nanowrimo has officially concluded and I'm proud to say I'm in a good place! To stay on track in this massive challenge, you need to write an average of 1,667 words every day. I managed to write 1,999 today alone! My story is off to a great start. I have a … Continue reading Nano ’18: Day 1