A Reggaeton Playlist for the Summer

by Bessie Flores Zaldívar When I can’t write, when I can’t put my finger on the meter of a poem, the next plot development of a story, the missing image--  I go for a 1:05:48 walk. I mean, I listen to Bad Bunny’s Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana from beginning to end. … Continue reading A Reggaeton Playlist for the Summer

How to Make Dandelion Mead

by Theo Richards Previously, I wrote about not writing as a writing practice. Here’s something to do with all that not-writing practice. We aren’t going to talk about writing, we’re going to talk about fermentation. I think domestic ecosystems are queer. Sandor Katz agrees. It’s spring, get outside. Let’s learn to make some dandelion mead. … Continue reading How to Make Dandelion Mead

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”

TMR Readers Spotlight Series: Alexa Garvoille

What’s your most controversial belief about literature? I have an extremely personal relationship with reading. Illustration 1: when I was sixteen I would write in the margins of books which friends certain characters reminded me of (including when I read Crime and Punishment, and yes, one of my friends reminded me of an ax-murderer). Illustration … Continue reading TMR Readers Spotlight Series: Alexa Garvoille

TMR Readers Spotlight Series: “A Peek at my Interiority”

by Honora Ankong What’s your astrological sign?   Pisces (sun) + Virgo (moon) + Capricorn (rising)  In these pandemic days when we’re all sheltering-in-place, what does your home feel like?  Most days in my tiny Blacksburg apartment waft with the scent of incense/ candles/ palo santo. Every corner of every room is filled with either Miss … Continue reading TMR Readers Spotlight Series: “A Peek at my Interiority”

Mourning and Reimagining through Queer Young-Adult Fiction

by Bessie Flores Zaldívar I grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras-- queer, girl-bodied, with two languages throbbing on my tongue. Like many writers, I developed an early love for stories and, subsequently, reading. Knowing two languages from an early age meant more stories. More words, more worlds. But both of my languages-- English and Spanish-- are … Continue reading Mourning and Reimagining through Queer Young-Adult Fiction

Methods for Concentration

By Annie Raab Sometimes it seems that writers possess a uniquely short attention span. Between generating words, researching esoteric topics to render believable stories, and attempting to maintain at least partially in reality, the battle for attention is a competitive field. Luckily, humans have been struggling to concentrate on tasks long before the internet, and … Continue reading Methods for Concentration

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