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Craft • Culture • News

O, Poet! O, Emerson! O, RuPaul!

Katie Condon

"For all men live by truth," writes Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1844 essay The Poet, "and stand in need of expression. In love, in art, in avarice, in politics, in labor, in games, we study to utter our painful secret. The man is only half himself, the…


The Writer's Guide to the Ballet

Ashley Wurzbacher

We strive to create images that intrigue the reader by offering them a vision of the world that is slightly skewed, that give us a picture of the commonplace made new and strange...


Part II: What the Simultaneous Submitter Needs to Know

Zachary Martin

Both the "bulk" submitter and the "no sim sub" journal seem gripped by a mutual paranoia. But in the world of small press publishing, where the only way to stay sane is to write, edit, and publish for a coterie of lovers of indie lit, this paranoia is unfounded...


Part I: On Simultaneous Submissions

Zachary Martin

Most writers are not trying to scam the system when they simultaneously submit; they're just hoping they can see their work in print before they die...


Everything, All the Time

Talia Mailman

Writing, as most of you know, is a lonely business. But language doesn't exist without addressing someone. It is that space which interests me. "Word is a two-sided act," says Bakhtin...


Groundhog Day, Sisyphus, and What They Mean for Your Manuscript

Steve Sanders

I can't speak for all writers, but...[I] feel a kinship with Phil when he observes early in the film, "What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was the same and nothing you did mattered?"