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February, 2019

Words Meet Music: Making Magic Happen by Kim Addonizio

Posted Tue, 2/26/2019 - 9:15am by  |  Category:

“I don’t just hear the blues in these poems / I see the blues in these poems / I see myself in these poems…” —Lucinda Williams My first love was music; I played guitar in my teens, studied classical voice…

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Micro Lesson: “Keeping Your Sh*t Detectors On” by Carolyne Wright

Posted Tue, 2/19/2019 - 10:45am by  |  Category:

Richard Hugo is In the House! This poet, after whom Hugo House is named, was beloved by students and fellow poets. I met him at a few different readings and studied with him twice—at a ten-day writer’s conference in Boulder…

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Micro Lesson: Manifesting Magic with the Art of Letterwriting by Liza Birnbaum

Posted Tue, 2/12/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category:

Noy Holland, one of my most beloved former teachers, talks sometimes about how good writing contains within it the suggestion—the presence, even—of a listener.   I like this term “listener” because, as Noy sees it, it’s not necessarily the same…

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Micro Lesson: How To Write What Scares You by Sara Brickman

Posted Thu, 2/07/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category: , ,

Several years ago, I was handed a prompt by one of my writing teachers. The assignment was to write a cento, a form of found poetry where one builds lines out of or around scraps of texts from other writers….

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Sophia Shalmiyev on Memoir, Mothers & Her Own Feminist Manifesto

Posted Tue, 2/05/2019 - 9:15am by  |  Category:

Sophia Shalmiyev‘s debut memoir, Mother Winter, has been described as, “the wrenching story of her exile and grief, but it’s also a chronicle of awakening—to art, sex, feminism, and the rich complexities of being a mother herself.” Beginning with her childhood in…

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