Reader Spotlight: Annie Raab

What’s your favorite sandwich?Beef on weck. It’s essentially a roast beef sandwich with caraway seeds and coarse ground salt on the bun, Swiss cheese, and au jus. I’m also a sucker for Chicago style Italian beef drenched in spicy giardiniera and juices. Just gimme all the Wet Meat.What’s your favorite story? (anecdote or literally short … Continue reading Reader Spotlight: Annie Raab

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

Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters

I was reading Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima at the beginning of the pandemic. Di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters were first distributed between 1968 and 1971 through the Liberation News Service, letter by letter, in two hundred newspapers across so-called Canada and USA. I’ve been reading a PDF version put out by The Anarchist Library … Continue reading Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters

“a certain solace in writing”: Interview with Shea Vassar, Writer and Film Critic, and Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

I virtually sat down with Shea Vassar to talk a bit about Indigenous Peoples' Day and what she’s been up to. Shea Vassar is a Cherokee Nation citizen and member of the Native American Journalists Association. She is based on Lenape & Canarsie land (Brooklyn, NY). Her film criticism career started as something to do … Continue reading “a certain solace in writing”: Interview with Shea Vassar, Writer and Film Critic, and Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Avoiding Amazon: Where We’re Buying Books

There's a lot of Terrible going on right now, but books make things better! Lately it feels increasingly vital to show our support for small businesses, especially minority-owned ones. Not sure where to go for your book-ish needs, other than Amazon? Never fear! Members of your friendly neighborhood tmr staff have curated a list of … Continue reading Avoiding Amazon: Where We’re Buying Books