How D&D Made Me Excited to Write Again

I’m in my last year of my MFA, and in May, I will leave my teaching stipend and the structure of the past three years and enter “the real world,” a place rocked by COVID-19 and the uncertainty it’s brought. My thesis is due soon, but working on fiction this year has been a struggle. … Continue reading How D&D Made Me Excited to Write Again

Writing off the Page: A Sampling of Contemporary Women and Non-Binary Writers with Interdisciplinary Practices

As a young writer, I aimed to bring my artistic and poetic practices into conversation with one another, but I searched for role models without many leads. Aimless Google searches would come up mostly dry. Poetry installation? Poetry sculptures? Hyperlink poetry? When I asked my early creative writing professors about poets working off the page, … Continue reading Writing off the Page: A Sampling of Contemporary Women and Non-Binary Writers with Interdisciplinary Practices

How to Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Do you remember when Twitter was full of homemade bread and people showing off their stacks of toilet paper? It was in the early days of lockdown when lots of people suddenly found themselves working from home. Folks could attend Zoom meetings wearing pajamas, take blissful naps throughout the day, and bake sourdough bread in … Continue reading How to Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters

I was reading Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima at the beginning of the pandemic. Di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters were first distributed between 1968 and 1971 through the Liberation News Service, letter by letter, in two hundred newspapers across so-called Canada and USA. I’ve been reading a PDF version put out by The Anarchist Library … Continue reading Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters

“a certain solace in writing”: Interview with Shea Vassar, Writer and Film Critic, and Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

I virtually sat down with Shea Vassar to talk a bit about Indigenous Peoples' Day and what she’s been up to. Shea Vassar is a Cherokee Nation citizen and member of the Native American Journalists Association. She is based on Lenape & Canarsie land (Brooklyn, NY). Her film criticism career started as something to do … Continue reading “a certain solace in writing”: Interview with Shea Vassar, Writer and Film Critic, and Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Avoiding Amazon: Where We’re Buying Books

There's a lot of Terrible going on right now, but books make things better! Lately it feels increasingly vital to show our support for small businesses, especially minority-owned ones. Not sure where to go for your book-ish needs, other than Amazon? Never fear! Members of your friendly neighborhood tmr staff have curated a list of … Continue reading Avoiding Amazon: Where We’re Buying Books

Why I Am Reading adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism

While writing this article, I’m sitting on my bed blasting music and humming alongside Ari Lennox to the song “Self-Love” by Dreamville. This past year was extremely difficult for me, and I had completely forgotten what it felt like to be truly content. 2019 was a very significant year for me— I turned 21(yay legal!), … Continue reading Why I Am Reading adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism

A New Year’s Offering of Bizarre Fiction-Writing Prompts

By Lauren Garretson From Bustle’s 18 Writing Prompts Pulled from Bizarre Celebrity Tweets: Create a character who has a snake fetish but won't admit it to himself. What happens when he has to take his estranged wife's moody nephew to the zoo? Write a story in list form detailing everything a woman ate during an … Continue reading A New Year’s Offering of Bizarre Fiction-Writing Prompts

On a Semester of Editing a Literary Journal

From all of us on the editorial team, thank you for keeping up with the minnesota review! Since September, we've shared reading lists, interviews with players in the publishing world, writing prompts, and our individual journeys. We hope you've enjoyed our snapshot of what's on our mind during our MFA experience. As a way to … Continue reading On a Semester of Editing a Literary Journal

Reflecting on the Past Decade Through Journaling

By Lauren Garretson That awkward moment when the 1980s feels twenty-years past, instead of forty. Have you seen that meme going around? For some reason, it’s a challenge to wrap our collective head around it – but it’s about to be a new decade, y’all. If you’re like myself (or, really, any other millennial on … Continue reading Reflecting on the Past Decade Through Journaling