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 [...]

Postmodern Poetry

October 9, 2012

Since August, every Friday, the Huffington Post has created a poetry based on an aggregation of the most recent headlines.  The outcome is surprising and often hilarious and/or disturbing.  Is it poetry? Is it madness? Is it just fun? Found Poet Juli Weiner on October 5th writes: I. Scalia on [...]

Writing Weightless

September 24, 2012

Sometimes it is hard to get yourself to write. You sit in your favorite coffee shop chair, order a warm drink, stare at the reflections on the shop’s front windows, tapping your pencil to the trad jazz in the background. Other times, you sit down and the world dissolves into each sentence you [...]

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 [...]

Royal Poetry

August 31, 2012

The British Empire has been in the news quite a bit this year, particularly with the stellar ceremonies and nearly flawless production of the 2012 Summer Olympics (minus some last-minute security issues).  The Queen even parachuted out of the plane with James Bond as a stunt to commemorate the [...]

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 [...]

Duo What?

June 23, 2012

As summer offers its refreshing season (and by refreshing, we mean week-long heat waves in the 90’s and above), you may want to spend some time indoors.  What better to do than spend some time submitting your work to your favorite journals? As you prepare to send out your story, poems, [...]

P.S. Poet Stamps

June 4, 2012

Yes, it’s true. The United States Post Office likes poetry.  They like poetry so much that they have designed stamps to immortalize ten great 20th century poets. If you’re like us, the romanticism of writing “old fashioned” letters has not been lost.  Perhaps we are the [...]

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 [...]