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The Power of Prediction

By | June 10, 2024

Guest post by Kevin Mills This year will see elections being fought for political control of both the USA and the UK. Campaigns are in full swing in both countries, and the pollsters are busy making their numerological predictions. Even though such supposed foresight is rarely accurate, it is said that politicians use the results… Read More »

100 years after Kafka

By | June 3, 2024

Guest post by Michelle Woods, Associate Professor of English at The State University of New York, New Paltz, USA. When his friend, Robert Klopstock broke a tongue depressor checking Kafka’s throat, Kafka wrote “If I should go on living, you’ll break another ten on me.” Kafka died weeks later on June 3rd, 1924, in a… Read More »

Masks as agents of change

By | May 30, 2024

An excerpt from Mask by Sharrona Pearl Masks enable. They provide literal and metaphorical cover for that which we wish to ignore, obscure, hide from ourselves. In this way they enable and even create our own hypocrisies in a variety of contexts: for football players, whose masks simultaneously protect and endanger; for women’s faces and… Read More »

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 »