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Summer Stories
The Writing Life

Summer Stories

Since I started submitting stories and poems a year ago, I’ve discovered hundreds of excellent online literary journals. I’m blown away by how much quality writing is out there. So many dedicated writers, so much talent. Many thanks to the editors at Sixers Review (including Shokry Eldaly) and Bartleby Snopes for publishing two of my short … Continue reading

Narrative 4’s Story Exchanges Promote Radical Empathy
Literary Activism

Narrative 4’s Story Exchanges Promote Radical Empathy

A few weeks ago, I joined the development and outreach team at Narrative 4 (N4), a new literary non-profit that organizes story exchanges to encourage “radical empathy” in an increasingly troubled world. Through an exchange of stories, participants share personal narratives to raise awareness about social issues and to cultivate empathy for one another. One upcoming … Continue reading

Dan Vera On Poetry and Speaking Wiri Wiri
Poets and Poetry

Dan Vera On Poetry and Speaking Wiri Wiri

Dan Vera is a Washington, D.C.-based poet, editor, and literary historian. A well-known writer in D.C. literary circles, Dan also contributes his time, energy, and talent to raising cultural and political awareness through poetry. Among his many projects are the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes, and his work on the board of Split This Rock Poetry. He … Continue reading

An Interview with Poet Richard Vargas
Author Interviews / Poets and Poetry

An Interview with Poet Richard Vargas

Richard Vargas is a long-time poet and the founding editor of The Más Tequila Review, a journal of poetry “for the rest of us.” He is a prominent member of the Albuquerque poetry scene, was once nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, twice. Here Richard discusses, among … Continue reading

Poets and Poetry

What to Buy the Poet/Writer/Lover in Your Life: Pink Thunder by Michael Zapruder

Without question, if you are yourself a poet and you decide to purchase only one poetry collection in 2013, it should be Zapruder’s Pink Thunder. The reason is that you can’t fully understand what will be expected of you as a literary artist in the next decade until you listen to the album that comes with … Continue reading

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez

The Boy Kings of Texas is a brutally honest memoir about growing up on the Texas border, a place both static and shifting in its Mexican and American ways. Martinez writes about his dysfunctional family and childhood growing up on the outskirts of Brownsville, Texas.  The cast of characters includes a manipulative, gun-toting grandmother who is … Continue reading