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shadow of death on a sidewalk (poem)

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i took a turn under a luncheon sun for the unfurling of bearded iris flags, billows of color unwound from pencil-thin buds, petal-splashes of purple, violet, blue, and cream that I floated and then puddled into mud on flimsy pages of watercolor pads— in a class of middling women trying […]

The Secret to Prize-Winning Short Stories

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A promise begins the newly released book How to Write Winning Short Stories: “Let this be a practical little manual of tips, designed to provide accessible, actionable advice to short story writers, particularly beginning or emerging writers, who want to write short stories for adult readers.” Author Nancy Sakaduski sticks to this […]

Fear Gags a Poet’s Voice

W. D. Snodgrass collected the Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poems, Heart’s Needle, in 1960. However, with early glory came career pressure, ego issues, loss of relationships, and writer’s block.  Nonetheless, he persisted, even when his art fell out of fashion. An interview with the Paris Review offers an intriguing […]

Artist + Author = Grand Literary Design

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Darryl Moland, a 21st-century Renaissance man, came up with a stunning coffee-table book that celebrates decorative art year-round. This work beautifully migrates from social media to three-dimensional magic. If you want to create your own art book, follow this lesson from a Time Inc. (Southern Living and Cooking Light) print […]