"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. "
We tend to idealize the writing marathon. Such a delicious, romantic image of writing all day, so into your craft you forget to eat etc. But suppose you do get that one day to make up for all the others you missed, how do you make the marathon (6+ hour chunks of writing time) … Continue reading Five Tricks to Succeed and Survive the Writing Ultra-Marathon (10-16hrs)
At the minnesota review, we have space to publish roughly three stories per issue. As a result, we reject a lot of good stories. Our fiction staff consists of five people, and we go through somewhere between 50 and100 stories per week. It’s a fairly tedious amount of reading, but it’s also really exciting when … Continue reading Fiction Submissions
During a recent class workshop of one of my poems, my peers felt there were parts not contributing to the overall piece. As they identified each line in need of axing, I felt like I was losing something essential in my writing. I thought, these are the parts of the poem I labored over most. … Continue reading Exercise in the Periphery
Mary Gaitskill: Strolling through the Marriott seeking the abstinence in literature panel. Mathew Zapruder: Sporting his sleepwear strolling the book fair. Benjamin Percy: Most aggressive Grrrrr face. Joshua Ferris: Fielding comments on bobby-pin related writing. G.C. Waldrep's Hat: Confused by the blinking figure on a street corner. Yusef Komunyakaa: Discerning Rick Moody's dialect. Natasha Trethewey: … Continue reading Favorite AWP Papparazzi Moments