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jeffrey-ricker's picture
Mar.04.2014
This past weekend I attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle. So did about thirteen thousand other writers, publishers, and educators. To say it was overwhelming would be a tiny understatement. Given the plethora of things to do and books to buy, it's a...
christopher-meeks's picture
Mar.03.2014
Imagine a three-day film festival in a giant complex where you had a selection of 33 movies every 90 minutes, and each of the 500 movies would be shown only once. Add to that more than 12,000 attendees vying for the choices over the three days. That gives you an inkling of what it felt like to...
christopher-meeks's picture
Mar.01.2014
“Why are you here?” a poet at a booth in AWP’s Book Fair asked me. That could be answered a number of ways, from how and why I was conceived, to how a chance mixture of chemicals and lightning created life on Earth, to “To be.” My pause made him ask it another way. “Are you a writer, professor, or...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
Dec.12.2013
What's that, you say? You're not feeling the panic? I envy you, then. I never thought I'd get finish with grading papers this semester. Since the end of November, I've been reading papers comparing and contrasting narrative elements in a variety of video games. Now that I'm done, I have the urge to...
sarah-stone's picture
Apr.30.2013
When I'm at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, or reading The Writer's Chronicle, I'm always amazed by how beautifully eccentric we all are, and by the intricacies of our shared concerns. My new essay in The Writer's Chronicle started as a lecture in the MFA Program for...
christopher-meeks's picture
Mar.12.2012
I recently attended the AWP Conference in Chicago where 10,000 writers, educators, and graduate and undergraduate creative writing students met. With all the panels, the chance meetings in the hallways and lobby bars, the massive Bookfair, the readings, the awards, and the parties, the air crackled...
reid-gomez's picture
Mar.05.2012
In "Too Vivid for Philosophy:  Reflections on Milan Kundera, Orhan Pamuk, and the Path of Fiction" Askold Melnyczuk's reading of Kundera reveals a limited notion of the political and of story.   Kundera's version of politics, people and the history of the novel is shaped by his experience...
eric-a-olsen's picture
Mar.01.2012
Creativity is a hot topic these days, and there have been quite a few articles lately, especially in the business press, about how American corporations need to become more innovative. The underlying notion in these articles is that as a nation, we’ve lost our creative mojo, and we’d better get it...
marilyn-jaye-lewis's picture
Nov.06.2011
I love "falling back" -- that's what we call it here in America when we set our clocks that 1 hour back. I love having an extra hour in the morning to myself. I know, I know; I already get out of bed before dawn. You're probably wondering why I need an extra hour of that once a year. I don't...
reid-gomez's picture
May.31.2011
My comments will not address Alexie's entire interview; I will only address a few interrelated points.   The bold inset that marks the first page of the interview reads:  "I've become somewhat colorless in a way.  But in the Indian world that's not the case.  I'm still the subject of much...