Driving Miss Emma – By Miriam Edelson

  My daughter Emma is straining to craft an identity separate from me. At twenty-seven she is achieving this as she forges her life’s path. I...

The Formula for Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

  All fairy tales are fantasy, but not all fantasies are fairy tales. Fairy tales require fairy folk (elves, gnomes, etc.). The Three Little Pigs...

When Jean-Paul Sartre Cured Existential Angst with a Jazz Record – By Ted...

  A Look Back at Sartre's Nausea   Philosophers can be incisive storytellers—and have been since the earliest days of the discipline. The most memorable passages in...

What is a Poem ? – By Michael Angel Martin

What Is a Poem? Not Sure. But Let Me Count the Ways       One of the best lessons I have learned as a writer of...

Translation as Transhumance – By Mireille Gansel (Translated from the French by Ros Schwartz)...

(In this beautiful memoir of a life lived in and through translation, Mireille Gansel defines the process of bringing words from one language to...

When Earth and Sky Intermingle : Science and Poetry – By Michael G. Smith

Poetry has never revealed its full face to anyone. Its beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It defies any attempt at a...

The Cloak of Invisibility – By Dustin Pickering

  Poets often reflect that poetry emerges from the character of the poet.  As Americans are awash in the forces of contemporary life, there is...

Corona Virus – What Our Dreams Are Trying To Tell Us

  By Catherine Lieuwen   In the first dream I had, I tested positive for Coronavirus.  Delirious, I woke up and fell to my knees, praying.  I...

How the Yugoslav Wars Shaped a Generation of Writers – By Lidija Dimkovska

“What was happening in Croatia and more generally throughout Yugoslavia was discussed at the university, often in connection with soldiers from the Yugoslav National...

Notes on Conceptual Fiction – By Ted Gioia

1. Is it possible that the idea of "realism" as a guiding principle for fiction is itself unrealistic?  After all, there are no Newtonian laws in stories—an...

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