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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

an interview with mary roach

In October 2011 I wrote this blog post for the Phoebe literary magazine’s blog.  An early birthday present from my editor, I was given the opportunity to interview Mary Roach, … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

margaret talbot on writing

Over a year ago, in April 2013, I had the opportunity to meet author Margaret Talbot.  Margaret, a staff writer at The New Yorker, gave me and a few other … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

anne carson & the lyric essay – “very narrow”

               Water is best. – Pindar                Memory is of the past. – Aristotle          … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

excerpt from joan didion’s “on keeping a notebook” (1966)

“‘That woman Estelle,’” the note reads, “‘is partly the reason why George Sharp and I are separated today.’ Dirty crepe-de-Chine wrapper, hotel bar, Wilmington RR, 9:45 a.m. August Monday morning.” … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

when trees dream of being trees

The tree decided to stop growing after it grew its thousandth leaf. “No more,” it whispered, and started throwing flimsily attached twigs and old nests down, and shaking the birds … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

one liar’s beginnings.

ONE LIAR’S BEGINNINGS    by Brady Udall Before all else, let me make my confession: I am a liar. For me, admitting to being a liar is just about the … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

except in memory

“A journey is a gesture inscribed in space, it vanishes even as it’s made. You go from one place to another place, and on to somewhere else again, and already … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

jack kerouac | 30 beliefs & techniques for modern prose

I gave this to an undergraduate creative writing class once, and they almost shit themselves.  “WTF is this?  Was he, like, drunk when he wrote it?”  “How are we supposed … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

rainbow rowell’s (not so young) adult fiction

When I visited Mexico City this April, I couldn’t help but notice dozens of teenagers and college students toting around a book with a bright blue, simply designed cover.  They were immersed, … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

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