The Poetics of Fandom: The X-Men Persona Poems of Gary Jackson and Stephanie Burt

By Xander Gershberg I’m going to use this blog to talk about a cross-section of topics I can rarely find anyone in my own life interested in but know there is an audience for: poetry and comics. Specifically, poetry about the X-Men, the focus of Gary Jackson’s Missing You, Metropolis (2009) and Stephanie Burt’s recent … Continue reading The Poetics of Fandom: The X-Men Persona Poems of Gary Jackson and Stephanie Burt

Review – Floating Notes by Babak Lakghomi

by Nathan Dragon Floating Notes by Babak Lakghomi (Tyrant Books, 2018) Floating Notes by Babak Lakghomi is a deep and profound novella, paranoid, regimented and preoccupied, incongruent and beautiful. It lacks reasons, answers, sometimes the most important questions, and a linear and straightforward sensibility despite its short and quick sentences and sections. It’s like a … Continue reading Review – Floating Notes by Babak Lakghomi

The Hard to Find Films of Kidlat Tahimik

By Hanta Samsa Photo Credit: https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/3125 As third world diaspora, as pilipinx diaspora, I often find myself looking for (and rarely finding) my writing and artmaking elders. It took me an embarrassingly long time to find an elder whose work my own writing would aspire towards—more than 2.5 decades before I finally came upon the … Continue reading The Hard to Find Films of Kidlat Tahimik

Four Writing Prompts For Your Worst Writer’s Block

By Sonya Lara As writers who juggle busy lives, it can be easy to tell ourselves that we have nothing to say or that we have writer’s block and put off our important projects. But that’s simply not true. Sometimes, taking a moment to read another artist’s work is the inspiration we need to open … Continue reading Four Writing Prompts For Your Worst Writer’s Block

What I Learned From My First Year in an MFA Program

By Florence Gonsalves Last fall, about six months into the pandemic, I moved from the Northeast to a small town beneath the Mason-Dixon line so that I could study writing. Specifically, I came to study poetry. It’d been my dream to get an MFA since I took my first creative writing class in college and … Continue reading What I Learned From My First Year in an MFA Program

The Simplicity of Solitude Is a Hard Thing to Perfect: An Interview With Sam Beebe

Part 1: Master of Hybrid I reached out to Sam Beebe of the music Project Black Bear on a Thursday afternoon. I spent the morning cleaning up a mysterious amount of dead milipedes in my apartment. It was here, like many times before, that the line “the simplicity of solitude is a hard thing to … Continue reading The Simplicity of Solitude Is a Hard Thing to Perfect: An Interview With Sam Beebe

Summer 2021: Publication Opportunities for Writers

by Blessing Christopher As the spring semester winds down, most literary magazines run by MFA programs are currently closed for submissions. However, other markets are accepting stories in the summer. Here are some places to send your work. The Missouri Review Founded in 1978, The Missouri Review accepts fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions all year … Continue reading Summer 2021: Publication Opportunities for Writers

Interview with an Editor: Lauran Jones, Undergraduate Publisher Dedicated to Lifting Black Voices

by Alexa Garvoille Lauran Jones is a Creative Writing Major at UNC-Wilmington, graduating with a BFA and Certificate in Publishing in May 2022. She is a creative writer, graphic designer, and the founding editor-in-chief of UNCW’s Black literary journal, Seabreeze: A Literary Diaspora. She is also the layout designer for UNCW’s Atlantis: A Creative Magazine. … Continue reading Interview with an Editor: Lauran Jones, Undergraduate Publisher Dedicated to Lifting Black Voices

Flash Creative Nonfiction: Capturing a Moment in Time

by Blessing Christopher It feels like everything went to sleep last year after COVID-19 struck. Thankfully, there are indications that the world will heave a collective sigh of relief in the near future. If you’re one of the writers who found it hard to write in the thick of the lockdown, here’s hoping that the … Continue reading Flash Creative Nonfiction: Capturing a Moment in Time

Why You Should Read John Murillo’s “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry”

By Honora Ankong As Black people, our existences are a thing of poetry. We are poems and we do poems long before we have the “language” for it. Poetry is everywhere always— it is ancestral and rooted deep in our bones. John Murillo’s 2020 poetry collection “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry” is a testament to the Black … Continue reading Why You Should Read John Murillo’s “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry”