Business Insider interviewed Chris Scott, who came up with a funny tweet that was re-Tweeted thousands of times, often without attribution. People changed the wording slightly and then sent it out as their own. One comedian even accused him of...
Sometimes, when the dark sky is very clear, I look up at the Big Dipper, and search for the North Star, though I never really know how to read the constellation—this search is somehow habitual, a part of me off to some freedom from where I am now, a state of longing no matter how […]
Submissions Wanted.. 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...
Tomorrow, one of our favorite poetry bookshops is hosting one of our favorite annual readings. Of course we’re talking about the good folks at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. If you can’t make it out, you can pledge a reader online here. More about the reading: This year’s marathon, the 21st annual, will take […]
SFGate sends word that the former director of the Iowa Writers Workshop has died. John Leggett was 97 years old. Later in his life he co-founded and directed the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. From SFGate: Mr. Leggett, who also wrote seven books, five of them novels, died Sunday at Queen of the Valley Medical Center […]
Word of Rod McKuen’s death surfaced yesterday; he was 81 years old. Rod McKuen was a successful lyricist and poet who, early in his career, regularly performed in San Francisco alongside Beat poets including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. From NYT: Rod McKuen, a ubiquitous poet, lyricist and songwriter whose work met with immense commercial […]
While not designed specifically for us wordsmiths, these five apps for iOS and Android are handy for writers. Column by Christopher Shultz At this stage in human evolution, we've become a society dependent on handheld computers and smartphones to keep us on task, on time, and informed. Show More Summary
At Locus Solus: The New York School of Poets blog, Andrew Epstein helps promote The Poetry Project’s upcoming tribute to poet and dance writer Edwin Denby (1903-1983), “Dancers, Buildings, and People: A Reading for Edwin Denby” (produced in conjunction with Danspace Project). Show More Summary
Today’s guest is Kim Bullock whose novel-in-progress (working title The Oak Lovers) has already been receiving praise. Historical fiction author Stephanie Cowell says this, “I’ve seldom read a novel with such intense passion. I was unable to put down The Oak Lovers; this is a riveting book.” The story, based on family member Carl Ahrens […]
The late Alert Ellis, founder of Rational-Emotive Therapy, pointed out that a great deal of stress comes from being upset that life isn't meeting our expectations...and that often these expectations are irrational. For instance, we may think, "People should be...
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name, uh, uh, is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 181 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, it’s been a short week but […]
Snapchat has unveiled its new service, Discover, which allows for longer pieces and sponsored stories from magazines and news sources. News by Peter Derk The Snapchat trail was blazed by many brave pioneers in the fields of amateur pornography...Show More Summary
Our hero has written up our hero! At Rookie, Eileen Myles writes: “To write about Dottie, I have to mention an enraging thing I love thinking about. Which is that to write poetry and be a poet is to get bombarded with stupidity like you’re invited to be on panels with titles like does poetry […]
Creating dynamic subtext in a screenplay is a tough call. Column by Karina Wilson Oh, subtext, you’re a fickle wretch. By definition, you must not be written or spoken. You’re invisible on the page. As soon as you start to become too obvious, you cease to exist. Show More Summary
Happy 40th Anniversary, Loft! The Loft Literary Arts Center, a cultural hub in Minneapolis for the last forty years (as of this year!) is beginning a search for a new Executive Director. Jocelyn Hale, Loft’s current Executive Director, is stepping down after eight years leading the center. From Publishers Weekly: The Loft literary arts center, […]
Off The Grid Reads returns with another in-depth review: 'The Weird' edited By Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. Column by Keith Rawson So you've finally had it. You're sick of the grind: the job, email, Facebook, Twitter, text messages, television constantly trying to sell you shit you don't need. Show More Summary
In Egypt, the poet Fatima Naoot could face anywhere from six months to three years in jail for criticizing Eid al-Adha on Facebook. Eid al-Adha is a Muslim festival in which animals are sacrificed to acknowledge Abraham’s willingness to obey God. As Reuters writes, “Fatima Naoot described the Prophet Abraham’s dream – in which, according […]
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Who knew we’d ever acquire our poetry news from Business Insider, but here you are: Poet Lynn Gentry, who puts together custom poems by the Whole Foods subway in NYC, might be making more money per week from writing poetry than anyone we know… “I wrote in San Francisco for five years,” Gentry explains. “Recently, […]
I have this GREAT story I want to tell you about, and … Oh darn. Can you hold on for a second? Okay, I’m back. Where were we? Right. This GREAT story. It has this amazing plot and you won’t believe… whoops. Sorry. Gotta go again. I’ll be right back. Here I am. Sorry about […]