Getting in the Writing Groove

First put on a comfortable sweatshirt, one that fits. If the sleeves are too long, they’ll get caught on your hands when you’re typing and mask the keys.  Next, get yourself a snack, something that tastes relatively bland, so you won’t want to get up to grab more, but something that will also fill you … Continue reading Getting in the Writing Groove

“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

Writing Prompts for Uncertain Times

Sometimes, & especially in these uncertain & weird times, gleaning inspiration to write or create in general is extremely difficult. What has been getting me through is creating or researching prompts that help transport my worried brain into a place of writing/thinking about making. Here are a few for you to try, get your minds, … Continue reading Writing Prompts for Uncertain Times

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

Why I Am Reading adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism

While writing this article, I’m sitting on my bed blasting music and humming alongside Ari Lennox to the song “Self-Love” by Dreamville. This past year was extremely difficult for me, and I had completely forgotten what it felt like to be truly content. 2019 was a very significant year for me— I turned 21(yay legal!), … Continue reading Why I Am Reading adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism

A New Year’s Offering of Bizarre Fiction-Writing Prompts

By Lauren Garretson From Bustle’s 18 Writing Prompts Pulled from Bizarre Celebrity Tweets: Create a character who has a snake fetish but won't admit it to himself. What happens when he has to take his estranged wife's moody nephew to the zoo? Write a story in list form detailing everything a woman ate during an … Continue reading A New Year’s Offering of Bizarre Fiction-Writing Prompts

A Conversation with Joanna Valente

By Mirna Palacio Ornelas This is the ninth and final blog written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work.  Joanna Valente, the nonbinary queer … Continue reading A Conversation with Joanna Valente

On a Semester of Editing a Literary Journal

From all of us on the editorial team, thank you for keeping up with the minnesota review! Since September, we've shared reading lists, interviews with players in the publishing world, writing prompts, and our individual journeys. We hope you've enjoyed our snapshot of what's on our mind during our MFA experience. As a way to … Continue reading On a Semester of Editing a Literary Journal

Reflecting on the Past Decade Through Journaling

By Lauren Garretson That awkward moment when the 1980s feels twenty-years past, instead of forty. Have you seen that meme going around? For some reason, it’s a challenge to wrap our collective head around it – but it’s about to be a new decade, y’all. If you’re like myself (or, really, any other millennial on … Continue reading Reflecting on the Past Decade Through Journaling

Consider the Flash Fiction

By Kira Homsher Long before I discovered the terms “prose poetry” and “flash fiction,” I was writing very short, inscrutable paragraphs that, as far as I could tell, didn’t belong anywhere and certainly could not get published. I kept long documents filled with these paragraphs, which tended to waver between narrative and poetic, and I … Continue reading Consider the Flash Fiction

Black Queer / Non-binary Authors That Got My 2019 Together

By Ashieda McKoy The beginning of 2019 was rough. I, too, was one of the many folks wishing on memes (and horoscopes) that this year was going to be my year. Reality, of course, has a fresh way of saying No ma’am! very quickly. In many ways I felt stuck as much as I felt … Continue reading Black Queer / Non-binary Authors That Got My 2019 Together

A Conversation about Gap Years

By Sonya Lara and Taylor Portela  Sonya is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Virginia Tech. She attended a community college for two years where she obtained her Associate of Arts. Before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she took a year off from school. Although it was not her choice to take a gap … Continue reading A Conversation about Gap Years