Miley Cyrus just can't catch a break these days. From valid criticisms of her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards to the nearly half a dozen open letters she's received from Sinead O'Connor, the 20-year-old pop star can't stop ruffling feathers. Perhaps the nerdiest rebuke came three weeks ago when indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens … Continue reading On Miley Cyrus and the Role of Grammar in Creative Writing
My Dearest Graham, I've wrote this sketch as a suggestion for the season finale. We've known each other since the Revue and have been working on our Monty Python series for three years now. Together, we've brought a bit of light and humor to this often times dark and dreary world. You've been a dear … Continue reading My Dearest Graham
Inspiration can strike at any moment, so you ought to keep some means of note-taking handy. Here are a few tried and true methods, and a few tools you may have overlooked. The Moleskine: A journal made of collective memory (2/3 absinthe, 1/3 big game hunting). If your family has been wondering about you—is she? … Continue reading Choosing the Right Journal for You
Listen up, Lit-buffs: There’s no reason revered writers should have less name recognition than their counterparts in other art forms. It’s time we plagiarized the celebrity chefs’ playbook and got competitive. That’s right. Reality television. With the right backers, we can make Marie Howe a household name. So take these hit shows to your nearest … Continue reading Hey, Hey, Bobby Flay, How Much Press Did You Get Today?
Let’s face it: it’s going to be a crapper of a holiday season any way you slice it, but when the economic climate is stormy for the general population, it’s a goddamn tornado for fiction writers. A tornado that will never blow itself out, I guess—or maybe it should be a hurricane. A really big hurricane, or maybe … Continue reading Donate a Story to the Struggling Writers Association this Season
With all the hubbub surrounding Apple’s recent game changers—OSX Lion, OS5 with its futuristic Siri, and iCloud—iWrite! hasn’t received any of the attention it deserves, but let me tell you, this app rocks! Like all Apple innovations, iWrite! allows the user to focus on creativity and form, and leaves the humdrum nitty gritty (in this … Continue reading iWrite!
What kind of writer are you? Take this quiz to find out! 1. I prefer to eat my meals: under a tree, overlooking a field of daffodils with large-breasted women in a futuristic coffee bar on a mountainside or in a boxcar slowly, meditating upon each sensuous digestive gurgle and upon my own genius which … Continue reading What Kind of Writer Are You?
Contrary to popular belief, literature cannot subsist on jug wine and Marlboros. Mark Strand has famously suggested “eating poetry,” and I applaud his valiant effort to raise awareness about the nutrition deficiencies that disproportionately affect low-income writers—the MFAs, adjuncts, and secondary school teachers who compose our silent majority. Strand’s heart is certainly in the right place. Unfortunately, like so … Continue reading Cheap Foods that Will Invigorate Your Writing!
So you’ve made it. You’ve entered a graduate writing program. Now it’s time to distinguish yourself. Get noticed as a poet, a novelist-in-training, a somebody who thinks deeply about soda pop and sidewalks—a writer! It’s time to perfect your style. No, I’m not talking literary bravura. Because let’s face it, beyond sympathetic faculty and haggard editors, no-one … Continue reading Dress Like an MFA in Three Steps (or Fewer)
Jane Austen channels her inner rock star with these hot pink teashades, but you can be sure she's wearing them...ironically.
While most rejection experts protect their secrets with lasers that you can only see with blown baby powder and others charge astronomical fees for underwhelming advice for how to compile a set of rejection letters, I’m willing to share my wisdom for free right here.
What some people may not know about The Minnesota Review is that it isn’t located in Minnesota. In fact, it hasn’t been there for about forty years, and it’s been all over the country since then. Why is it that the magazine can’t seem to stay put in one place?
Have you ever wondered what the Jersey Shore would be like if recast with famous poets? No??? Well, we did. Click here to read the dirt!