Heads Up! Two GREAT Readings in Town This Week!

  Hi friends! Just a heads up! This Wednesday and Thursday, there are two AWESOME readings happening—poet Cynthia Cruz (above, left) will be reading at Notre Dame, and Kelcey Parker Ervick (above, right) will be reading at LangLab in South Bend! Both events are free and open to the public, so I hope to see…

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Poetry in Motion Monday: Emily Dickinson

  “HOPE” IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS   “Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm— I’ve heard it…

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An Evening of Poetry with David Dodd Lee

Hi everyone! David Dodd Lee will be reading from a variety of his nine collections of poetry this Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 7pm, at Indiana University South Bend—and yours truly will be introducing him. We hope to see you there! UPDATE: Event postponed and rescheduled for March 10, 2016. +10

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Poetry in Motion Monday: David Dodd Lee

Hello all! This week, the wonderful David Dodd Lee will be reading from a variety of his nine collections (view the event here), and in my excitement, I have decided to share three poems instead of one. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. All Best! VANISHING POINT Beautiful scallops of painted…

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Workshop Wednesday: Pop Culture

Hello, all! This week’s writing prompt is simple: include a pop culture reference in your poem or story! And to spice things up a bit, make this a recurring reference, image, or persona, in your piece. Allow it to gain momentum. Make it vital to your piece’s success. +10

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Poetry in Motion Monday: Chase Twichell

ABANDONED HOUSE IN LATE LIGHT A sparrow lights among the open cones high in the white pine. Then slips, a leaf travelling the green ladders down to the spiced humus which feeds on all things missing, all things lost. The cloven prints of deer, a squirrel’s immaculate spine, and somewhere between the wind and the…

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Favorable Fiction Friday: Lydia Davis

IF AT THE WEDDING (AT THE ZOO)   If we hadn’t stopped on our way to the ceremony to look at the pen of black pigs, we wouldn’t have seen the very large pig lunge at the smaller one, to force him away from the feeding trough. If we hadn’t come early and seated ourselves…

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Workshop Wednesday, with a Chainsaw

Hi everyone! To get your writing juices pumping today, I’ve put together something fun for you to do. You’ve probably seen the above image around on Facebook… So now I want you to do something similar! I want you to either take a story or poem that you love, or one that you are working…

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Poetry in Motion Monday: Jamaal May

For all of our wonderful friends, and all the people of Kalamazoo, we love you. THE GUN JOKE It’s funny, she says, how many people are shocked by this shooting and the next and next and the next. She doesn’t mean funny as in funny, but funny as in blood soup tastes funny when you…

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Favorable Fiction Friday: Karen Russell

THE GRAVELESS DOLL OF ERIC MUTIS   THE SCARECROW THAT WE FOUND lashed to the pin oak in Friendship Park, New Jersey, was thousands of miles away from the yellow atolls of corn where you might expect to find a farmer’s doll. Scarecrow country was the actual country, everybody knew that. Scarecrows belonged to countrymen…

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