Alan Britt's "Ebb and Flow" is featured in our current issue (78). Alan Britt teaches creative writing, poetry, and composition at Towson University and is the author of Vermilion (The Bitter Oleander Press: 2006), Infinite Days (The Bitter Oleander Press: 2003), Amnesia Tango (Cedar Hill Publications: 1998), and Bodies of Lightning (Cypress Books: 1995). This … Continue reading An Interview with Alan Britt
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
Today I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example, “Disappointed eyes on the boredom-swarm disdain my soul because I am more Eeyore than extrovert, sans Redbull.” Fail. I drank Redbull, and sometimes it drank me too. Which is to say, Redbull dehydrates you, so I don’t recommend it for non- public-speaking-Eeyores. I no … Continue reading Pablo Teaches Freshman Comp
5. "Oh, you’re dating a doctor? Meet my new boyfriend, William Shakespeare." 4. Your mom already loves him 3. The moustache 2. A writer type and no ego stroking required 1. Dead, gay, married: triple insurance against needy text messages Meaghan Russell was just startled by a boxelder that flipped from her poetry notebook, … Continue reading Top Five Reasons to Begin A Love Affair with Will
Dear Minnesota Review Editorial Staff, My writing bears little resemblance to the glitterati featured in prominent journals, no matter what I do. As a teenager, I tried fad diets, cut out articles and prepositions. I thought I was making progress until I compared one of my drafts to the latest W.S. Merwin centerfold in The … Continue reading Letter to the Editor
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?
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)