“My projects often zig and zag; I always think I know what I’m doing, then realize after a while that oh actually, I want to do this other thing—but it still builds off of it.” – Rebecca Dunham

The World Behind the World: An Interview with Novelist Justin Cronin

By Melissa Wade Justin Cronin, writer of The Passage, no longer writes short fiction. He said the form is incompatible with his temperament. His successful trilogy, by way of proof, clocks in at over...

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Reading Cold Pastoral in Dystopian Times: An Interview with Poet Rebecca Dunham

In an era plagued by a global pandemic and a slew of environmental crises, Rebecca Dunham’s poetry collection Cold Pastoral (2017) poignantly captures the need to reflect on our responsibility to...

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Reading The Lonely City without a Magic Bullet

By Melissa Wade I stare at the rain pouring down from the clogged gutters outside my window, realizing I have yet to talk to another human today. I asked my dog if he wanted to go for a walk, but it...

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A Review of “Blizzard” by Henri Cole

I’ve come to the conclusion I have a strange idea as to what the purpose of  “eco-poetics” is. While I originally saw it as any other poem, except that its aesthetics involve nature imagery....

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A Review of “Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting” by Jonathan Maule

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting Kevin Powers Little, Brown and Company, April 1, 2014 Reviewed by Jonathan Maule The Weight of What Remains: A Review of Kevin Powers’ Letter...

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How Do You Know When a Story is Done? How Veteran Writers Assess Their Work

By Kevin Binder The question “Am I done with this story?” is one that almost all writers will ask themselves at some point during their careers. In a previous blog post, we asked established...

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How Long Does It Take to Write a Short Story? 7 Established Writers Weigh In

By Kevin Binder Writing fiction shares a strange quirk with playing chess. Unlike most endeavors, which people usually get faster at as they improve, writing and chess both seem to take longer as...

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“The beauty and challenge of writing is that every piece is unique; you can’t approach it with the tools you used last time.”- Alyssa Quinn, from “How Long Does It Take to Write a Short Story”