In Our World Category

A Poem for your Midterm Elections

Since the midterm elections are taking place today in the U.S., it seems like an appropriate time to post a political poem. This particular poem, written as a hyperbolic ghazal, I wrote during my MA studies but revised after the 2016 presidential election. Following that particularly hard day, this feeling began to stir inside of […]

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Collaborating in the Netherlands: Day 3

Today began with a writer photo shoot this morning – Erna took pictures of me in her neighbor’s studio. We set the scene up like a writer’s desk, and Erna chose to take most of the pictures with a black backdrop and low lighting, which made for an effect that I found extremely moving and […]

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Collaborating in the Netherlands: Day 2

On Day 2 of the on-site collaboration, we left the studio in Steenderen and completed no actual tangible work on the project. And yet, we accomplished a great deal. Early this morning, we loaded up in Erna’s van bound for Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe, a Dutch National Park. After all, I’m here to work, […]

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Book Review: _The Tornado Is the World_ Makes Poetry Out of Natural Disasters

In the fall of 2016, I reviewed Catherine Pierce’s new book of poems, The Tornado is the World. I was fortunate to have the review picked up by The Chicago Review of Books and published on their site on December 9th, 2016. Below is a excerpt and a link to read the full review. ~ […]

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CRAFT OF LITERARY 2.4: Featuring Daniel Lassell – “4 Tips to Getting a Career Outside of Academia”

Some might say inspiration leads English students away from the corporate landscape and down the same career paths as their instructors. Others blame comfort or fear. But I would posit these students simply don’t know other options exist. The very purpose of education is preparation for the future. But, as of late, it appears institutions […]

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Charlie Hebdo: Art as a Deadly Weapon

I’m not someone who identifies with the hashtag #IAmCharlie. Does this make me a proponent of violent Islamic extremists? A denouncer of free speech and freedom of the press? Absolutely not. The attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo was senseless, cruel, and completely horrific. I do not nor will I ever support violence of […]

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