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Category: Writing

Gifting

November 9, 2016  |  Fiction, MFA, Writing

    With fall break on the horizon and my first semester of graduate school readying itself to be tucked in I can’t help but do that looking-back-thing and wonder if I’ve best used these past weeks. If I’ve stretched myself enough, leaned in and learned from my initial discomforts, been a thorough and generous […]

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The New Doubt

Doubt too must be the work of God if God exists, and if God does not, God must be the work of Doubt —Bob Hicok, “My Faith-Based Initiative” The totality of existing states of affairs is the world. The totality of existing states of affairs also determines which states of affairs do not exist. —Ludwig […]

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One Writer Among 12,000 at AWP

Many AWP attendees complain of the exhaustion they feel after attending back-to-back panels, trying to schedule coffee and meals with old friends and new ones, and staying out late at offsite events. Having just returned from Seattle, I can say that I am not exhausted, but in fact, elated. A few of the panels I […]

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Beef on Bread, Not Buns

February 11, 2014  |  Nonfiction, Writing

In third grade, our teacher sent home a letter containing the word “chatterbox,” like those red plastic wind-up teeth that clatter and clack. The letter was opened carefully on the bus ride home, read, and slid back into the envelope, the flap re-licked with a shiver of the thought of sharing tongues with Mrs. Nelson. […]

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Derek Askey Interviews Peter Stenson

Derek Askey: When we first talked about Fiend <http://www.amazon.com/Fiend-A-Novel-Peter-Stenson/dp/0770436315> , before it even had that title, you said you watched all of Breaking Bad <http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad> , then all of The Walking Dead <http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead> , and then wrote this book in a month. That sounds a little too tidy, even for you. In short, I don’t […]

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