Everyone knows how difficult it is to get into MFA programs, and those who endeavor to set their foot into the world of developing-your-writing often find out that there are two major paradoxes one has to navigate when deciding to apply. The first is ageism. I was in class last week, a senior undergraduate class … Continue reading On Ageism in MFA Programs (The Things We Don’t Talk About, Pt. 1)
This week, blog editor Anna Harjung is reading The Cambridge Companion to Spenser as she explores The Shephearde's Calendar. She is also meandering through Crime and Punishment by Fyordor Dostoevsky, Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Some … Continue reading Staff Picks
A bad ending spoils an entire story while a good ending might redeem a mediocre one. Today we’ll take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the four most common types of endings, according to the Bureau of Statistics Recently Pulled Out Of My Own Ass. The Triumphant Ending: Through hard work, strength, … Continue reading Going Out with a Bang
Other recommendations this week come from Social Media editor Emily Walters, who is finishing up Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas and Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian. She is starting The Inklings by Phillip and Carol Zaleski, Just Kids by Patti Smith, and Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson.
Need some new literature to get you going? Poetry editor Adele Elise Williams is in the midst of reading Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas, Bright Felon by Kazim Ali, Set to Music a Wildfire by Ruth Awad, The Southern Review (Vol. 54 Winter 2018), and Depression: A Public Feeling by Ann Cvetkovich. Adele is an MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech. She … Continue reading Staff Picks
Poet Devin Koch provided the inspiration behind this week’s writing prompt, and fiction writer Kelsey Schurer wrote the following poem “Aphrodite Takes a Wheel-Throwing Class” for this week’s writing prompt response. Writing Prompt: Write a poem using five random verb-noun pairings given to you by anyone! You may match up the verbs and nouns … Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: Verb-Noun Pairing Generator
Kelsey Schurer, poetry and fiction reader, wrote this week’s writing prompt, and Tolu Adeyeye, TMR fiction editor, wrote this week’s sample response. Prompt: Rewrite a memory from the perspective of your dead self, as in: congratulations, you are now a ghost! *** A Ghost on the Stage of London Bridge If I could have disappeared … Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: Ghost Edition