Essays

Gary Scott

Corresponding with the Woman Who Was Not My Wife It’s not necessary to imagine tear drop crystals or facets multiplying light, only nine ensconced bulbs and heavy-ass bent mental, I wrote, going off, giving too many details, sharing how the dining room chandelier came…

February 15, 2017
Interviews

Toni Nealie and Andrew Gregory Krzak

A Conversation with Toni Nealie Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Recent essays have appeared in Guernica, The Prague Review, The Offing, and The Rumpus. Her essay…

February 15, 2017
Essays

Catherine Young

A Cup of Tea I take the thick-walled porcelain cup into my hands. Words from my childhood spin inside it—Grandma’s words: “But for the blink of an eye, you wouldn’t be here.” The tea cup is a scrying bowl. When I peer in, memory…

February 15, 2017
Semi;Colon

The Video Game Original Soundtrack and the Pen

  Listening to music while I am writing is a must-have. Firing up my well-curated playlist is just as, if not more important than the obnoxiously large cup of coffee that needs to be sitting by my side during long writing sessions. Flicking that…

February 15, 2017
Semi;Colon

Saying What Needs to Be Said

“All writers are liars. They twist events to suit themselves. They make use of their own tragedies to make a better story. They are terrible people . . .” This quote by British writer Nina Bawden (1925-2012) in many ways speaks to the heart…

February 15, 2017
Book Reviews

How We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader

How We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader Edited by Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold 309 pages, Coffee House Press, $20.00 It is impossible to define an essay unilaterally. Essay Daily’s first collection, though it does not aim at a definition, solves…

February 15, 2017
Semi;Colon

Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

  Thinking too much about writer’s block often keeps a writer stuck rather than help them engage their mind in different ways. If you’re stuck, use your so-called “paralysis” as an opportunity to try something new. These are not “tricks.” Writing is work, and…

January 17, 2017