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
"I discovered writers whose work I really admire as a consequence of editing Bennington Review. The ideas I have about writing as a writer probably influence my aesthetic as an editor. "
In the world of fellowships, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown enjoys name recognition among writers and artists. The program is internationally known as a fantastic center for developing visual and literary art, and offers a 7-month residency granting fellowships to 20 emerging writers and artists. Their upcoming deadline for writing applications is Dec. … Continue reading Old School: Interview with Sophia Starmack of The Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship
(This What We're Reading post comes to us from 2nd year poet, Makensi Ceriani) Hum by Jamaal May: This collection had me put up in bed for a day just keeping with the resonance. This book hums, literally, as the writing is so sound-focused and beat driven. But the beat isn't just in the meter … Continue reading What We’re Reading (Thankful For Renewable Library Books)
Since the beginning, the minnesota review has supported and published progressive essays, criticism, and creative literature in an ongoing effort to provide “lively and sophisticated signposts to navigating current critical discourse” (via Duke University Press). Also published in the minnesota review are interviews with contemporary intellectuals and radical thinkers, who contribute context and a higher … Continue reading A Braided History of Socialism, Literacy, and Education