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5 books to read for National Poetry Month

By | April 11, 2024

April marks National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Browse some of our highlights below for poetry readers and writers, plus guides to use in the classroom. Through in-depth close readings of elegies by Black women, trans* women, and non-binary writers, Radical Elegies: White Violence, Patriarchy, and Necropoetics by Eleanor Perry… Read More »

Living in the Teratocene: Bad Places, Dreadful Times

By | March 17, 2024

Guest post by Robert T. Tally Jr., author of The Fiction of Dread At the beginning of the twentieth century, dystopian fiction was arguably a minor, recessive, or even non-existent genre, while utopian visions seemed to predominate and proliferate. This is not to say that there were no dystopias being produced, and to the extent… Read More »

Descartes’s Stove

By | March 12, 2024

Guest post by Hsuan L. Hsu, author of Air Conditioning Because they were available long before artificial cooling, heating technologies are at the center of many early Western writings that reflect the cultural underpinnings of thermal comfort and air conditioning. Among the most eloquent examples of ambient temperature as a precondition for thought is the… Read More »

When Mountains Go Missing

By | March 11, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Sinor, author of The Yogic Writer: Uniting Breath, Body, and Page Four months ago, I thought I had lost a mountain. I opened my door, one morning in September, and it was gone. A shape I knew as well as the sky—its elephantine folds, razor ridgeline, sides that ran red in… Read More »

Fantasy Fiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology

By | January 17, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Pullen             Once upon a time there was a little girl in Washington State with hippie scientist parents dismayed by their local school district’s choice to teach only creationism. Thus, they chose to homeschool their daughter. While she took state standardized tests to prove she was learning, she otherwise escaped the… Read More »

Spirit of the matter: relics and the mysteries of materiality

By | January 16, 2024

Guest post by Ed Simon, author of Relic “And since at such time miracles are sought,I would have that age by this paper taughtWhat miracles we harmless lovers wrought.” – John Donne, “The Relic” Behind a glass window and atop silk brocade lies the corpse of Zita in a gold-trimmed, blue habit. She is no… Read More »

What Does Creative Practice Really Mean?

By | January 3, 2024

Guest post by Marshall Moore & Sam Meekings The world of creative writing is rapidly changing. An idea Stephanie Vanderslice explored in her book Rethinking Creative Writing and we extended in our collection Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade: Practice, Praxis, Print is that academic creative writing programs have begun to adopt a more… Read More »

Alice Munro’s Late Style: ‘Writing is the Final Thing’

By | November 29, 2023

In the early 1970s I was lucky enough to run across the writing of Alice Munro—it grabbed me from the opening line of the first story I ever read (“Material” [1973]: “I don’t keep up with Hugo’s writing”) and I haven’t waivered since. Just then I was about to begin graduate school and Munro’s “Material”… Read More »

A New Jane Austen: How Americans Brought Us the World’s Greatest Novelist

By | October 23, 2023

“But hasn’t everything been digitized by now?”             I’m often asked this question when I address non-academic audiences, who—given Jane Austen’s worldwide popularity—make up a significant portion of my readership, one that I value greatly. Everyone knows about Google Books, and many people are conversant with databases of historical newspapers and periodicals, as well as… Read More »

Victorian Dress in Contemporary Historical Fiction

By | October 20, 2023

This interdisciplinary study traces the imaginative and narrative projections of Victorian women’s dress from the nineteenth century to the present day. The first full-length study to examine the remediation of Victorian clothes in the neo-Victorian novel, it investigates and attends to the deeply suggestive and highly symbolic iterations of Victorian dress in the contemporary cultural… Read More »