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The 7 Best Sites for Writers 2015

With acceptance rates lower than ever for Creative Writing MFA programs, students spend rigorous amounts of hours critiquing their own writing and begging others (former professors, siblings, strangers) to offer feedback. As schools intend on keeping their programs boutique sized, it drives acceptance rates into the teens, tens, and five percentiles. Though the competition is […]

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Your 2015 Reading List Should be Joan Didion’s Favorites

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the ever daunting task of “what to read next”. Should you go head first into a hefty Leo Tolstoy novel? Should you read something cool and contemporary like Ben Leaner’s 10:04? Or are you in the mood for a nonfiction, say Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart? The truth is, life […]

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Orange Is the New Black’s Biggest Nod to Feminism: Piper’s Panty Monologue

The commoditization, even commercialization, of women’s bodies has historically been accepted by society. Every day we see images of women in well-defined roles, adorned with the physical attributes that supposedly make her female. Maybe in decades past, people barely noticed these occurrences; however, today we notice this misrepresentation of women, but we’re often forced to accept, standing in […]

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Reading for Writers: Nonfiction Books with Advice for Emerging Writers

No novel was ever written merely because the author willed it. There is always undoubtedly a struggle that transpired in an author’s life that shaped them as storytellers and as people. Books exist to teach and to entertain and maybe we take that luxury for granted when we delve into a new novel, forgetting the rigorous […]

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AP English Class Reads Explicit Ginsberg Poem, Award-Winning Teacher Penalized

In 1957 Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl dealt with subject matter that the public was not at all prepared for or accustomed to even regard as art. The poem depicts explicit homosexual love scenes, which was at the time, misunderstood and rarely accepted in mainstream society. The historical absence of rhetoric for these kinds of topics is well […]

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Calling All Poets: Regal Verses For Princess Charlotte

Think your poetry skills are of regal quality? Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is in need of a few, but finely crafted verses in dedication to her royalty. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was first commissioned to write a poem for the new princess, but turned it down. It is not the first time that Duffy […]

5 Books for Daughters to Give their Mothers

Whenever I am unsure of what to buy as a gift for a friend or relative, I always turn to literature. Sometimes I like to browse the bookstores I know have the best recommendations and find something new that I think suits that particular person’s interests. Book browsing has always been one of the most […]

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MoMA Museum To Honor Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration Series Through Spoken Word Poetry

The MoMA is celebrating the work of Jacob Lawrence and his series of paintings One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. The Great Migration occurred between 1916 to 1970 and resulted in the migration of roughly six million African Americans from the rural south to the nation’s northern states.  The […]

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Paying For Talent: Buzz Feed Leads The Way

Buzz Feed might be best known for it’s no-shame approach to littering their site with click bait, but their “Books” vertical is getting a lot of positive attention from the literary world right now. Seed Jones has just been hired as their Literary Editor and he is making his presence known by spearheading Buzz Feed’s first […]

The Blue/Black/ White/Gold Dress has Racial Undertones

What do the blue/black/white/gold dress and the Aylmer twins have in common? One might not see any direct correlation at first but it all boils down to one surprising factor, the relativity of race. Lucy and Maria Aylmer are twins from Gloucester, England. They’ve become an internet sensation based on the perception that they are twins of “different […]

The MFA is Special and you Still Need One

Its time we addressed the fact that the MFA is special. Its not the same as your MBA, PhD, or MA. In this article I will focus on the Creative Writing MFA and the controversy over if getting one is necessary to become a successful author. What’s missing in this argument is that you may become […]

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