Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

In honor of Louise Glück’s birthday (April 22), I want to share one of my favorite poems of her’s: “The Myth of Innocence”. This poem comes from Averno, a collection of Glück’s works based on the idea of “Avernus”, the place that the ancient Romans believed held the entrance to the underworld. In addition to the video above,… Continue reading Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’


Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

i brushed the shells with my fingertips, they were smooth and delicate, but obviously artificial, made to be used once and thrown away. at first touch they might seem real, pearly, perfect, but they’re actually plastic, and they’ve never even seen any sea. So ends Reina Maria Rodriguez’s poem “First Time” (in the video above and… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’


Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’

Sometimes writing touches on the more suffocating aspects of life. Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice” captures that tension between care and captivity perfectly. American poet and writer Marge Piercy (1936-) grew up and came of age in the Midwest. She first began publishing her poems in the 1960’s, and much of her writing reflects the… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’


The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot

As many of you know, I am a poetry nerd, which is why I am incredibly excited to share The New Yorker’s new Poetry Bot. By following the Bot on Twitter or Facebook Messenger, people can receive excerpts from different poems every day for the next three months. The poems have been chosen by The New Yorker’s poetry… Continue reading The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot

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Writing Contest: The Missouri Review’s $1000 Miller Audio Prize

I’ve found another great contest for writers; The Missouri Review is now holding its annual Miller Audio Prize. This contest is a little different than some of the others that I’ve shared. As the name indicates, entries must involve an audio element. Participants may submit a piece of poetry, prose, humorous writing, or audio documentary with… Continue reading Writing Contest: The Missouri Review’s $1000 Miller Audio Prize

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Secrets on My Bookshelf

Have you ever wondered what secrets lie on my bookshelves? Perhaps not! But if you are interested in seeing what bits of fantasy, poetry, and stuffed animals guard my smallest bedroom, check out my guest post on author and blogger extraordinaire D.S. Nelson’s site. “In spite of the fact that I spent years working in… Continue reading Secrets on My Bookshelf


Poetry Sunday: Gabriela Mistral’s ‘The Lark’

Humanity frees as much as it fetters us, something poet Gabriela Mistral knew all to well. Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) was born Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga in Chile. At age 15 she began working as a teacher’s aide and that same year she began publishing her first poems in a local newspaper. Her emergence as a… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Gabriela Mistral’s ‘The Lark’

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Authors Reading Their Own Writing

There is something remarkable about hearing authors read their own works aloud. Often they emphasize words that are unexpected, or they add extra shades of meaning to the phrases. With all of today’s modern connectivity, it is easy to hear authors read their works even if the listener can’t afford to travel to a book… Continue reading Authors Reading Their Own Writing