by Carol Lischau This is the first year of my life I could consider myself a full-time student. Even in my undergraduate days, I’d be balancing a couple part-time gigs, always something on the side for the summers in-between semesters. As my first year of the MFA comes to a close, I simultaneously long for … Continue reading What to Do with a Structure-less Summer? Make a Plan!
by Allan Nava This is what happens when you only half know how something works. Jussie Smollet Guilty Innocent Michelle Obama Conspiracy Alex Jones Right...nah he's just living the Capitalistic Dream Joker Trailer April Bernie 2020 Different Change Hope Obey Remember they literally got the propaganda guy to do their Propaganda and there was no … Continue reading Ten Tips for Search Engine Optimization
by Dan Kennedy Plenty of people argue that approaching any medium of art with an intensely critical eye is a joyless endeavor, one that results in little more than deconstructed cadavers. It’s a valid stance. For me, however, some narratives welcome critical engagement by virtue of an implied promise that the task will be challenging, … Continue reading Film and Literature Holding Hands: Reflecting on Jordan Peele’s Us
By Dashiel Carrera For far too long, this publication has misled you; for that, I am sorry. You may have discovered the minnesota review at the back of some bookstore and thought, “Finally! Someone actually wrote it!” But of course, we did not. You may have even weighed the book in your hand and thought, … Continue reading The Minnesota Review
Last spring, as I awaited answers from MFA programs, I began to pressure myself to “catch up” to my hypothetical peers. I had a long list of the writers I felt obligated to read, and, because of the way the canon and literary culture works, most of them were male. It’s not that I didn’t … Continue reading On Disgust, TBR Piles, and the Ease of Just, Like, Not Reading Any Men
Joshua Demaree is a creative nonfiction writer and a literary community organizer. Along with Emma Eisenberg, Joshua is a co-founder of Blue Stoop, a hub for literary Philly. Blue Stoop offers rigorous creative writing workshops as an MFA alternative with the express goal of opening up a physical space dedicated to literary culture in the greater … Continue reading Building Creative Community in the MFA and Beyond: A Conversation with Blue Stoop’s Joshua Demaree
This interview was conducted over email during the Fall of 2018. I don't know if the right word to use is 'stumble' when YesYes Books has been publishing for close to a decade, but I stumbled across their booth at an AWP conference two years ago and have been an avid reader of their publications … Continue reading A Wild Circus in the Back Room: An Interview with KMA Sullivan of Vinyl and YesYes Books