August 27, 2019
This semester I am teaching a workshop on "experimental fiction." "Experimental" is a term that gets thrown around a lot with very little meaning or with one specific meaning: outside of a Western psychological realist norm. If everyone were writing with the Western psychological realist norm as their model of "traditional" fiction, then this meaning would make sense. Instead, writers who write with other traditions in mind ...
August 01, 2019
Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through / T Fleischmann / June 4, 2019 / Coffee House Press / $16.95 / 168 pp / Paperback / 9781566895477
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron
What book is this book’s frenemy?
Sissy by Jacob Tobia. Similarly tied up with nonbinary gender identity, but that book is light, youthful, and traditionally narrated. Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through has none of these qualities. The ...
May 01, 2019
Pleiades congratulates Aleyna Rentz, who has won the R.M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction for her story, "Cottonmouth". She will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2020 issue of Pleiades.
Here's what R.M. Kinder had to say about her winning story:
"There’s much to praise about Aleyna Rentz’ 'Cottonmouth,' particularly the tasteful treatment of the subject. The story helps explain reluctance to ...
April 12, 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. This is the final post. The first post is here.
the organization of meaning
A word has meaning only within a system of other words. For example, the pronoun he on its own refers to no one and has no meaning; the word fish in the ...