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The Thing I Call “Inspiration”

08 February 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

I used to think that to be a writer, I have to be creative—to have a well of stories singing within me, to have dreams that will create either chaos...

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What Do We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions?

01 February 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

We don’t read creative nonfiction just to be informed — we also want to be moved. All our readers have wonderfully distinct perspectives, and all are moved by different elements...

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The Score for a Voice

14 December 2018 on Poetry, Storystorm

“Prosody is not much taught or talked about, since it was a form of institutional terrorism in the previous, metrical orthodoxy.” Robert Haas, Listening and Making Prosody is a spooky...

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The Boring Post

30 November 2018 on Storystorm

This fall, during a very, very long run, I wrote an entire story in my head. At its start, I had an inkling of an idea, and by its end,...

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Presence in Poetry

23 November 2018 on Poetry, Storystorm

I write poetry to get weird. I want to be the weirdest me there is and then push that marker; I want to float, magnanimous as a blimp; to pop...

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The Art of Ignoring

16 November 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

16A writer’s voice is their holy grail: key to their success and an absolute nightmare to find. What a strange conundrum, that finding your voice is hard. It should be...

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Writing from Autumn: Contrast and Transformation Or, Yellow Leaf, Blue Sky

02 November 2018 on Storystorm

While running the Sweet Trail through Longmarsh, I watched a yellow leaf tumble from sky to still, blue pond. I stopped, let myself linger there, with fingers balled for warmth...

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Small & Large

26 October 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

I like Small. Always have. Not because of my height, which is average. Not because of my scope, which, I like to think, is Large. But because Small, in terms...

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Why We Love Our Favorite Short Stories

05 October 2018 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My tenth-grade English teacher passed around a Tupperware container filled with folded squares of loose leaf—one piece...

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Writing by Hand

28 September 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

There’s something so formal about Word document screens, with their clean, white pages and perfectly straight blinking cursors. They make me feel what I’m about to write must also be...

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AWP 2018: What I Brought Home was the Swag

04 May 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

I don’t mean to sound shallow. There was much that thrilled me at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 conference in Tampa beyond the buttons, pens, and...

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AWP 2018: Among My Own – For a Few Days, Anyway

27 April 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

The flight left Boston on the billowing forefront of a Nor'easter that would shut down the Eastern Seaboard the following week. We touched down in Tampa’s breezy 65 degrees. It...

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