“Pregnant with Cryptids”: An Interview with Traci Brimhall

March 05, 2019

  Margaret Warren, a creative writing student at the University of Central Missouri, interviews Traci Brimhall, who recently visited UCM for the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series.   Traci Brimhall is the author of four collections of poetry, including her most recent Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012,  selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard ...

Some Attempts at (Re)definition: Setting

March 01, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. – Setting: awareness of the world Though it has somehow become common to praise setting for acting “like a character” of its own (a compliment I get on my novel set in Prague), this is often a veiled way of ...

An Interview with Jehanne Dubrow

February 19, 2019

By: Janola Sauther Jehanne Dubrow has written numerous books of poetry, including The Arranged Marriage, Red Army Red, and Stateside. Dubrow’s most recent collection of poetry, Dots and Dashes, received the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Her seventh poetry book, American Samizdat, was one of the winners of the Diode Editions Book Contest and will be published later this year. Another work to ...

Some Attempts at (Re)definition: Vulnerability

February 15, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. – Vulnerability: the real author’s stakes in the implied author I usually take the first week of Intro to Fiction workshops to discuss vulnerability, which is key both to good writing and to good workshopping. ...