Best Of TSHS

The Artists’ Predicament

September 3, 2015

Americans, in particular, are eager to marry one’s identity with her profession or job, and seem to prefer thinking of any pursuit outside of one’s job as a hobby. The writer dreams that eventually, though it may take years, she will break through and be able to support herself as a writer. But even if this doesn’t happen, she is not less of a writer and would never identify her pursuit as a hobby. Keep in mind: Toni Morrison worked at Howard University and was raising two kids when she wrote The Bluest Eye. [...]

Chicago’s Poetry Whores

January 29, 2013

Yes, exactly. According to Kathleen Rooney’s expose, “Pimp My Poem,” you can find poetry whores in Chicago. What is the set up? Here’s Rooney to set the mood: “You will enter a dim room appointed with fireplaces, silk tapestries, velvet banquettes, and damask wall [...]

Inauguration Poems

November 10, 2012

As the political fanfare expires, we can look to the poets to prepare for the inauguration.  Although the tradition is not a staple of American politics (President Kennedy started the tradition with Robert Frost in 1961), we hope that our president, the poet will consider to uphold his decision to [...]

Happy Sesquicentennial, O. Henry!

September 11, 2012

Today, September 11th, 2012, marks the 150th birthday of William Sydney Porter, the American writer better known as O. Henry. Porter died in 1910 but his legacy lives on in the O. Henry Award, an annual prize given to short stories of outstanding merit. To celebrate O. Henry’s birthday [...]

Poets! They’re Just Like Us!

August 25, 2012

Sometimes, the poems are more than you need. Sometimes you just want to know Frank O’Hara’s SAT scores. On days like this we society members like to reach for some of our favorite literary biographies, memoirs and letter collections; books that give us glimpses into the daily lives that [...]

Write! Or else.

July 18, 2012

Recently, Fiction Writers Review posted a (hopefully) facetious article about how to blackmail yourself into writing via the goal-setting site Aherk!. Here’s how it works: you sign up, provide a compromising photo of yourself, and if you don’t achieve your set goal–for [...]

Our President the Poet

May 6, 2012

In the most recent issue of Vanity Fair, author David Maraniss sheds light on the dark and romantic years Obama spent in New York City following his graduation from Columbia. The piece includes excerpts from letters and diaries of both Barack and his New York girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, whose [...]

Don’t Hold The Door

April 1, 2012

Adrienne Rich

We at Tate Street High Society apologize for our sporadic posts of late--it's thesis time in the MFA world, and many of our members are up to their neck in it. But we at Tate Street High Society are also poets, and feminists at that, so of course we have to take a moment to remember Adrienne Rich, who passed away this week at the age of 82. 




Jack Gilbert On Horseback Riding/Writing

February 21, 2011

From Jack Gilbert’s 2005 Interview with the Paris Review: “If I’m writing well it comes to an end with an almost-audible click. When I started out I wouldn’t write a poem until I knew the first line and the last line and what it was about and what would make it a success. I was a [...]

12 Dos and Don’ts for the AWP Newbie

February 9, 2011

Taking a page out of Carolyn Kellogg’s article, now that we’re no longer newbies, we thought we’d share our vast AWP knowledge with you. Do share a room with other writers. It’s cheaper, you’ll get all the scoop, and you’ll always have someone to walk you home after a late [...]