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Bookshots: 'The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances' by The Oatmeal

8 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) tries to explain why he runs ultra-long distances, with hilarious and poignant results. Yes. I said poignant. Deal with it. Review by Leah Rhyne Title: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Who Wrote It? Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal. Show More Summary

Flogometer for Carolyn—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Needed. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels.....

The Sky Warps The Sun

I'll take care of you, when your world bends, when the buildings break and I'll find you straight lines that hold you steady.Because you'll need to take care of me, when my world does the same.__PS. See you on October 10 in LA. Please, share this and tell your friends.

November Book Club Selection: "Echo Lake" by Letitia Trent

7 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

November's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Echo Lake' by Letitia Trent News by Dennis Widmyer Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For November we will be reading andShow More Summary

At Best American Poetry: Erin Belieu Interviews Matthew Zapruder

Wow: Erin Belieu interviewed Matthew Zapruder for the Best American Poetry blog! Belieu and Zapruder met on the infamous Wave Poetry Bus Tour of 2006. She recounts a memory from the tour in which Zapruder encouraged her to buy a rare print, “Germ Isolation In Dingbat Land,” “a highly detailed cartoon of an adorable germ [...]

Opinionated Characters, Write or Die, and Looking For Crack

8 hours agoArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

If this post title sounds disjointed, it’s really a good reflection of my brain just now.  It’s October 1st.  That means I am officially allowed to buy my ONE BAG OF CANDY CORN.  Candy corn and peanuts are a special favorite form of personal crack for me.  Hence I’m only allowed one bag.  A YEAR. […]

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

In one month, we’ll begin another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. While I’ve always considered the April challenge as a free-for-all; November is when I try (though don’t always succeed) to write … Read more

How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher

10 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Partly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting questions about how to go about requesting rights reversion from one's publisher.Show More Summary

LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: October Edition

11 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It's October, and we're celebrating Chuck Palahniuk's newest book BEAUTIFUL YOU by writing stories of WORLD DOMINATION! Column by Taylor Houston Flash fiction: A style of fictional literature marked by extreme brevity. Welcome to LitReactor's...Show More Summary

When You Are Blacklisted: Amjad Nasser Speaks Out

After accepting an invitation to speak at NYU’s Gallatin School, Amjad Nasser’s travel to the U.S. stopped after he was harassed by United States Homeland Security at Heathrow Airport. Without any concrete details or reason, Homeland Security denied the prominent Jordanian poet and writer access to his connecting flight to New York. At Jadaliyya, Nasser [...]

Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards! While Supplies Last!

Holy priestess: Factory Hollow Press has made you a magickal deck of Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards, with each suit designed by a different artist! “I have an errand imminent / To an adjoining Zone.” Swords are by Phoebe Harris, pentacles by Emily Pettit, wands by Bianca Stone, major arcana by Halie Theoharides, and cups by [...]

Turkey Gets Uncensored 'Dorian Gray' At Last

13 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A Turkish publisher has released the first uncensored Turkish translation of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. News by Peter Derk Turkey has finally gotten an uncensored, Turkish-language version of Oscar Wilde's classic The Picture of Dorian Gray. Show More Summary

Ann Lauterbach’s Poetics of Care

Earlier this month at Boston Review, Jo Ann Clark reviewed (wonderfully) Ann Lauterbach’s ninth book of poetry, Under the Sign (Penguin 2014). “Lauterbach maintains a vigilance for others and other things so consistently curious as to define a poetics of radical, plural caring: ‘For to make something,’ she writes, ‘is to care for it.’” More: [...]

Pin Connections and the Two Journeys

16 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Flickr Creative Commons: Craig Sefton I spend a lot of time in airports.  Wait around as much as I do and you begin to admire airport design.  Think the TWA Terminal at JFK, Terminal B at SJC, the International Terminal at SFO, the passenger...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 282

If you live within striking distance of Columbus, Georgia, please consider coming out to a poetry reading on Saturday (October 4). I’ll be reading with Megan Volpert (yes, this Megan Volpert) starting … Read more

Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes

I recorded this video for the Gulf Coast Writer’s Conference recently and I thought you might find it interesting as well. It’s 26 mins long and contains slides and images as well as my talking head Thanks to thriller author Michael Lister for the invitation! I also recently interviewed Michael about his religious thrillers, if […]

Last call on Scriptnotes t-shirts and brad hoodies

Tomorrow morning, we’re placing the order for Scriptnotes Tour shirts and Brad Hoodies. Illustrated by Simon Estrada, the Scriptnotes Tour Shirt is the stadium rock band shirt made for people who listen to weekly podcasts about screenwriting (and things that are interesting to screenwriters). Although the artwork is hard rock, it’s actually the softest shirt […]

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Madrigal Winner

I’m sorry for taking so long to share the winner of the madrigal challenge. I’ve known for a week or two now, but you know what they say about good things coming … Read more

Introducing Raúl Zurita to The Millions

At The Millions, Magdalena Edwards introduces readers to the life and writings of Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, who persevered throughout his childhood and adolescence after the deaths of both his father and his grandfather, defended his poetry while living under the grip of the Pinochet dictatorship, who published 20 books of poetry and has won [...]

Writing Lessons from the Dead: Hunter S. Thompson

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Max turns to drugs to inspire his creative side. Column by Max Booth III NOTE: This is the final installment of a 4-part mini-series; read the previous installments here: One, Two, and Three. I was still having trouble writing, so I turned to drugs. There was a guy who always hung out behind Wendy’s trying to sell stolen bottles of cologne. I... [Continue Reading]

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