Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Jim Clinton

What is your go-to pen(cil)? The Montblanc 149 fountain pen that I lost on a Delta flight 30 years ago. I'm living with throwaways until I get over the guilt of losing it. Most beautiful word in all the world: Oui. Alter ego: Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita. What's for dinner? Porky's Revenge pizza … Continue reading Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Jim Clinton

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I Just Want Some BBQ Ribs and Deep Dish Mac N Cheese: How to Choose MFA Programs, Non-White Folks Edition

As a Black woman who writes about the Black-American female experience, I knew that not every MFA program would be for me. As opposed to writers who can endlessly write about trees, fingers, animals or even backpacking (#no shade), the topics that end up in my work are more charged to say the least. I … Continue reading I Just Want Some BBQ Ribs and Deep Dish Mac N Cheese: How to Choose MFA Programs, Non-White Folks Edition

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Childhood Memories

Fiction Reader Lauren Garretson wrote this week’s writing prompt, and Poetry Reader Makensi Ceriani wrote the sample response. Read on for some writing inspiration. Writing Prompt: Spend about 10 minutes making a list of 10 cars that you remember from childhood. Try to include physical descriptions, names, etc. After you have your list, pick one … Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: Childhood Memories

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Joseph Bathanti

What is your go-to pen(cil)? I tend to like pens, specifically from the Asheville Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC. They are sleek and silver push-button ballpoints that look like the fuselage of a jet. But I would like to praise the pencil, specifically the #2 Ticonderoga. How I loved them as a child. Most … Continue reading Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Joseph Bathanti

Best “Worst” Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs, Part II: Actual Advice

So! You have decided that this year is the year to apply to MFA programs. You are ready to eat, sleep, breathe, panic, breathe again, drink, and embody creative writing theory and workshops. Maybe you’re fresh-faced and naively eager for the application process, maybe it’s your third go-around and you’ll be damned if you get … Continue reading Best “Worst” Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs, Part II: Actual Advice