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
Essays

Priscilla Long

            Dwelling Spaces/Urban Places       Immensity is within ourselves.  —Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space Alley Urban alleys. Urine and crime. Trash and broken glass. Dumpsters. Junkies. Syringes, needle-bent and rusted. Feral cats, pigeons, rats. Stinks and rots. Feces of unknown origin. Persons of unknown origin, curled under trash bags, drunk, or dead.…

January 17, 2017
Interviews

Sarah Gorham and Sara Cutaia

A Conversation Sara Cutaia: You’ve said lately that you don’t write as much as you used to. But when you did, how did you vacillate between writing poetry and writing essays? Was there ever a time you were doing both, or did you have…

January 17, 2017
Essays

Sherry Stratton

Skipper First they unearth a dinner fork, twisted and filthy. Then a tiny perfume bottle, followed by a glass salt shaker, caked with dirt and corrosion. Each item, duly turned over to us, we receive with bemusement: what next? The work crew is repairing the…

January 17, 2017
Essays

Mary Ann McGuigan

Out of Step When I cut the straps off my patent leather, Mary Janes, I wasn’t trying to cause trouble. I just couldn’t stand them anymore. The girls in my class wore loafers; some wore stockings already. My mother and my sisters, who took…

December 15, 2016
Semi;Colon

The Essay and the Critic

Unlike our friends in fiction and poetry, nonfiction can feel a bit diffuse in the publishing world at times. There aren’t many presses dedicated to our genre, and those that do publish us tend to scatter us among other genres, or by subject (rare…

December 15, 2016
Essays

S. Ferdowsi

  Lesser Than I am five. I clasp the sleeve of my father’s coat tightly as we weave our way around the small, round tables on my first day of kindergarten. At a table towards the back, there’s a name tag with block letters…

December 15, 2016