November 01, 2019
Three-Minute Book Review: Katie Burgess on Failures by Matt Tompkins (Monday Night Press, 2019).
If this book were a GIF, which would it be? It would be that one where the guy is pushing a trashcan but then trips and falls all the way inside the trashcan; only it’s slowed down and paired with very poignant music [see below] and a flashback that humanizes the guy and makes you cry even as you’re still ...
October 28, 2019
More revision prompts to add to https://pleiadesmag.com/teaching-revision-all-of-the-revision-prompts-so-far/
I'm teaching revision again, this time for a senior thesis workshop, in which students are workshopping novels, plays, TV and webisode scripts, whatever they are working on for their final creative writing thesis. Each week, one student workshops their entire manuscript and a revision of part of it. In their ...
October 18, 2019
Three-Minute Book Review: Jennifer Schomburg Kanke on Passing through Humansville, by Karen Craigo (Sundress Publications, 2018).
1) If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow?
Every plant that grows from this book would turn into something else when you pull back from it a bit. When “two sunflowers wind/ toward their orbs” they’re also ovaries and fallopian tubes. “When she startles/she ...
October 07, 2019
Below is another exercise I gave my students in Experimental Fiction.
Paired with reading "Pee on Water," by Rachel Glaser
A story that takes as its subject the history of the universe leading up to humankind’s “pee on water” might evoke Genesis for some people. “Pee on Water” is, in some sense, in the tradition of creation stories, though the emphasis on peeing on water, coolness, and contraception, ...