On Getting Yourself Unstuck

It’s probably best to start with a disclaimer. This is a blog post on how to get yourself unstuck in a story, or poem, or essay, but mostly in a story, because that’s where I put most of my time. So, right, since I’m writing about how to get unstuck, that means I-the-blog-author never get … Continue reading On Getting Yourself Unstuck

Odes: Writing Toward Wonder

Lately, I have been drawn to writing odes. After years of writing poems primarily grounded in sorrow, loss, or grief, I find myself looking to write poems that celebrate rather than mourn. Kaveh Akbar has spoken about how important it is for poets to orient towards wonder, and I agree that a willingness to be … Continue reading Odes: Writing Toward Wonder

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

A Conversation with Joanna Valente

By Mirna Palacio Ornelas This is the ninth and final blog written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work.  Joanna Valente, the nonbinary queer … Continue reading A Conversation with Joanna Valente

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

Consider the Flash Fiction

By Kira Homsher Long before I discovered the terms “prose poetry” and “flash fiction,” I was writing very short, inscrutable paragraphs that, as far as I could tell, didn’t belong anywhere and certainly could not get published. I kept long documents filled with these paragraphs, which tended to waver between narrative and poetic, and I … Continue reading Consider the Flash Fiction

Black Queer / Non-binary Authors That Got My 2019 Together

By Ashieda McKoy The beginning of 2019 was rough. I, too, was one of the many folks wishing on memes (and horoscopes) that this year was going to be my year. Reality, of course, has a fresh way of saying No ma’am! very quickly. In many ways I felt stuck as much as I felt … Continue reading Black Queer / Non-binary Authors That Got My 2019 Together

A Conversation about Gap Years

By Sonya Lara and Taylor Portela  Sonya is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Virginia Tech. She attended a community college for two years where she obtained her Associate of Arts. Before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she took a year off from school. Although it was not her choice to take a gap … Continue reading A Conversation about Gap Years

A Conversation with Stephanie Andrea Allen

By Lauren Garretson This is the sixth in a series of blogs written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work.  I had the pleasure … Continue reading A Conversation with Stephanie Andrea Allen

A Conversation with Suyi Davies Okungbowa

By Uche Okonkwo Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s David Mogo, Godhunter is one of the most imaginative novels I’ve read this year. Drawing from Nigerian mythologies and traditions, the novel situates deities of the Yoruba pantheon—including Olokun, Sango, Ogun—in post-apocalyptic Lagos. With the city under threat from the gods ousted from Orun, it is up to David … Continue reading A Conversation with Suyi Davies Okungbowa

A Conversation with Gabriel Blackwell

By Kira Homsher This is the fourth in a series of blogs written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work.  Gabriel Blackwell works as … Continue reading A Conversation with Gabriel Blackwell

An Interview with Anwuli Ojogwu of Narrative Landscape Press

By Uche Okonkwo This is the third in a series of blogs written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work.  Anwuli Ojogwu is the … Continue reading An Interview with Anwuli Ojogwu of Narrative Landscape Press