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Craft • Culture • News

Gulf Coast in Chicago (AWP 2012)

Becca Wadlinger

Hello readers, If you're around the Chicago area, stop by our reading at Buddy Guy's Legends (700 South Wabash) tomorrow, March 1st, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. We've teamed up with Indiana Review to bring you readings by Michael Czyzniejewski, Ross Gay, Aimee…


Somewhere in Africa...

Peter Kimani

"Where is Kenya on the world map?" I ask freshmen every semester as part of our introductions. It's part of my evolving "teaching philosophy" which is premised on stimulating intellectual curiosity as part of the learning process. "Africa," comes the…


Panic! At the AWP Disco

Karyna McGlynn

It's safe to say that I'm fully entrenched in the creative writing subculture. I've done the entire CWP gauntlet: undergrad, MFA, PhD. I submit to journals. I edit journals. I give people advice on how to submit to journals. I've started a failed reading…


Poetry Horoscopes for Love and Lust in the Year Ahead!

Frances Justine Post

Sometime after the New Year but before Valentine's Day, I saw an internet meme on Facebook that said: Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012. Ok, I thought. It being a time of new beginnings,…


What's Love (Got to Do With it, Got to Do With it)?

Jameelah Lang

Once a week, someone lets me into a room full of children. I am supposed to teach them creative writing. Here's the thing: I am sometimes scared of children. It is because they know the truth, and they will tell you every time, like it or not. Once they…


A Place for Readers Like Us

Steve Sanders

There is a scene during Alison Maclean's adaptation of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son in which our hero Fuckhead (Billy Crudup) and his partner Wayne are celebrating a scrap-metal windfall with cheap whiskey shots at The Vine. In the book, the scene occurs…


Boredom with Poetry? Poetry on Boredom

JSA Lowe

Recently a friend entrusted me with an honest confession: "I want to like poetry? but honestly I find it kind of boring." NB by the way that my friend is no intellectual lightweight--on the contrary, this person is educated; sensible of philosophers from…


A Celebration of Variety

Jason Daniels

I am unabashedly a reader of science fiction and fantasy. Whenever I have a break from schoolwork, I find myself, often, in a kind of a crisis. There are the books that I need to read, because my advisers and teachers told me to, there are the books I…


The Art of Food and Literature

Christine Ha

The two things I love most in this world are food and stories. Perhaps this explains my attempts in the kitchen and at writing fiction (and, apparently, my penchant for rhyming words). We can eat all the finest French foods, read the entire canon of classic…


Poetry and genre

Joshua Gottlieb-Miller

When I began writing poetry, the only agenda I had was to write poems I wasn't embarrassed to share with other people. I didn't have any loyalty to metaphor or narrative, or any other element of craft as a monolithic organizing principle. I hadn't learned…