In The Margins E2: Running and Writing

February 3, 2015

Crystal Simone Smith, poet and Managing Editor of Backbone Press, discusses her new chapbook, “Running Music” (Longleaf Press, 2014) which explores her experiences as a runner, family, and grief. As one who began writing professionally as an adult, Smith says, “It’s never too late to find poetry.” [...]

The Hardest Thing About Writing

January 21, 2015

“Writing the first sentence. Writing the last sentence. Keeping a good flow going while writing.” ~4th Year Salem College Writing Student Writing is a complex endeavor; to engage a reader we must first engage ourselves—our imagination, feelings, thinking, and ultimately our will. A [...]

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

December 10, 2014

‘Tis the season for gift-giving. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who writes, or even better, you write. If there wasn’t already enough writer’s block in the world..then someone asks you for a list of ideas for the holidays. Don’t worry. If you’re a writer, just send your friends [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to VIDA

December 8, 2014

As 2014 swings to a close, we begin to look back at the year’s literary endeavors. Pushcart nominations go out. Editors begin to contemplate “Best Of” anthologies and other honors. As writers, we meditate on our successes and–hopefully not too much–our failures. But [...]

Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath!

October 27, 2014

We’re celebrating the birthday of Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932–February 11, 1963) by a news round-up of interesting articles circulating about the poet and her life. You can find good article-long biographies of her at The Academy of American Poets and  a lengthy one at The Poetry [...]