In part 1 of this series, I talked about ageism in MFAs; in part 2, I’m going to tackle the issue of diversity within MFA programs, specifically in terms of race. I don’t have to say it, we all know: MFAs are predominantly white, from the students to the faculty, and it’s problematic. As …
We did it. We endured months of snow and trudged through puddles under umbrellas and heavy rain clouds to get here. Blacksburg has finally decided to deliver us sun, heat, and finals, and in approximately one week, we’ll be done. Exams will be over and papers graded. We made it to summer, and while that …
Writing Prompts: a) Imagine that your unborn self is reluctant to come into the world. Write a letter to convince yourself to be born. b) Write a letter to your favourite team of superheroes. Sell them on why you should be the newest member of the team. c) You are your childhood imaginary friend. Write …
Sheila Squillante is a poet and a professor, and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth River, the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Program. As editor, she helps guide students through the process of reading submissions and preparing the literary journal for publication. The journal seeks to explore the relationship between humans and their environments and …
Mazi Chiagozie, Fred Nwonwu, and Chinelo Onwualu are co-founders and editors of Omenana, a web-based literary magazine dedicated to publishing speculative/sci-fi/fantasy fiction by African writers. In this interview with Uche Okonkwo, Mazi Chiagozie and Chinelo talk African speculative fiction, life lessons, and writing and publishing as a labour of love. UCHE OKONKWO: This idea that …
I didn’t seriously consider many options for my future immediately following graduation other than pursuing a graduate degree from my Alma mater. There were many benefits to staying, the main two including that I had developed a network of support to lean on throughout my first year of graduate school, and I was familiar with …
As a fiction writer who rarely reads poetry, I decided to correspond with Anna Leahy, the editor of TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, a literary magazine that focuses on poetry exclusively, both in terms of poems and art and writing about poetry. Anna is also the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing …
Gideon Simons, a first year fiction writer at Virginia Tech is currently reading: Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente Where There’s Love, There’s Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo Frank in the 3rd Dimension by Jim Woodring Amatka by Karin Tidbeck Gideon is the Fiction editor for the minnesota review. Advertisements
1. Write a narrative poem or short story and keep the following in mind: Describe each of your main characters twice – once to fall in love with them, once to be repulsed by them. 2. Open the book closest to you and choose the first 5 words that jump out at you. Write a …
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