I didn’t seriously consider many options for my future immediately following graduation other than pursuing a graduate degree from my Alma mater. There were many benefits to staying, the main two including that I had developed a network of support to lean on throughout my first year of graduate school, and I was familiar with … Continue reading Sticking Around for Grad School: A Reflection on the First Year
As a fiction writer who rarely reads poetry, I decided to correspond with Anna Leahy, the editor of TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, a literary magazine that focuses on poetry exclusively, both in terms of poems and art and writing about poetry. Anna is also the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing … Continue reading Interview with Anna Leahy, Editor of TAB
Gideon Simons, a first year fiction writer at Virginia Tech is currently reading: Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente Where There's Love, There's Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo Frank in the 3rd Dimension by Jim Woodring Amatka by Karin Tidbeck Gideon is the Fiction editor for the minnesota review.
1. Write a narrative poem or short story and keep the following in mind: Describe each of your main characters twice - once to fall in love with them, once to be repulsed by them. 2. Open the book closest to you and choose the first 5 words that jump out at you. Write a … Continue reading Writing Prompts:
As I ponder how best to utilize my Master’s degree in Literature at the end of my time in graduate school, editing is a direction I often consider. Speaking with Wayne Miller, Managing Editor of Copper Nickel, was particularly encouraging as he graciously shared his experience leading up to this position. Miller, having received his … Continue reading Walking Through Doors: An Interview with Editor Wayne Miller
There is nothing more disappointing than picking up a book that everyone and their mothers seem to be recommending and absolutely hating it. It has everything going for it: established critics and reviewers singing its praises, your trusted bookish friends highly recommending it, raving Goodreads reviews; yet, it just really and truly sucks. It feels … Continue reading Bad Book Thoughts
Rewrite a scene from a piece you've already written as if the main character were a mythical being/creature. How would that change the plot? How would it change the character's personality, dis/likes, and responses to their environment? Tolu Adeyeye is a first year fiction writer at Virginia Tech. She is the managing editor for the minnesota review.