Thank you very much. Yes, that is a Spice Girls reference. Today, I want to talk shallowly about the intersectionality of music and literature. Is there such a thing as a writer who doesn’t love music? Many novels and stories have been inspired either by the structure of a particular musical form (think Toni Morrison’s … Continue reading Stop! Write! Now!
At the age of 24, I have not successfully acquired social skills. Perhaps it was natural that I’d end up in an MFA program: I can write poems, and I can write personal essays. But I often cannot hold casual conversations with new people without a noticeable degree of nervousness. In turn, this makes networking … Continue reading On Trying to Network as a Creative Writer
The world of writing and publishing is a cold, dark place, we know that better than most here at the minnessota review. Sure, your story or poetry packet is perfect, you know that! Your mum knows that! Your girlfriend cried when she read your Haiku series about your first date. But how do you convince … Continue reading How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter for your Lit Journal Submission
You had that moment: Inspiration smacked you, you pounded those keys like a mad(wo)man, took a glance over those twelve pages and admired the hell out of how goddamn glorious of an artist you are…and then you workshopped the thing and everyone was all “I just, like, don’t really care about the narrator,” “Why are … Continue reading How (the Hell) Do I Revise my Story?
This week at the minnesota review we will be testing our readers’ knowledge of craft advice vs. corporate slogans. The following are either quotes about writing from famous American Authors, or commercial slogans from famous American Corporations. Please match the following quotes, or commercial slogans with the correct corresponding sources. Don’t cheat! “Rewrite history. Redefine … Continue reading Famous American Corporations vs. Famous American Authors
Virginia Tech’s own Nikki Giovanni will be in the spotlight once again as the Rada Film Group follows the poet in their quest to create a cinema verite-style production, Going to Mars. Named after her well-known poem “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea (We’re Going To Mars),” the film will follow Giovanni in her daily life of … Continue reading Giovanni Documentary in Progress
Twenty-One years ago, April was decreed the national month in which we officially celebrate poetry. Therefore, this year, National Poetry Month has reached the national legal drinking age. The poet T.S. Eliot, in “The Waste Land”, asserts that April is the cruelest month. Is this a coincidence? Is April to be regarded concurrently as both … Continue reading The Cruelest Month