Semi;Colon

Capitals in Summer

I wish I could tell my high school self: keep doing exactly what you’re doing. I began writing when I was a wee little kiddo. I started out writing songs and making up scripts to act out with my siblings. My mom came up…

December 20, 2017
Semi;Colon

Learning Before Teaching

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be a teacher. To me, teachers were some of my favorite people growing up, both in real life and on TV. When I got confirmed during my freshman year, my seventh grade English teacher was my…

December 20, 2017
Essays

Dawn Downey

How to Survive Christmas Alone December 17. Pull the covers over your head to block the morning light, and rest in the spot where your husband ought to be. Remember sitting here in bed beside him, propped up with pillows, a map spread between…

December 20, 2017
Interviews

An Interview with Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade. She has also edited a number of anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. She is a professor at Colorado State University. Her latest is the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers:…

December 20, 2017
Essays

Paula Lovo

To Proclaim Our Presence Known Un dia sin Latinos, A day without Latinos What does that mean? Did we all disappear? Did we suddenly vanish back to our home countries, leaving behind the remains of your unfinished lawn, gloves left on the ground of…

December 20, 2017
Interviews

Paula Carter in Conversation with Sadaf Ferdowsi

Paula Carter is the author of No Relation, a collection of flash essays that details her experiences helping to care for, and then leaving, two boys from her partner’s previous marriage. Incorporating prose poems, fairy tales, metaphors, and vignettes, Carter creates a mosaic of…

November 28, 2017
Interviews

 Punctuate Interviews Shawn Shiflett

Shawn Shiflett is a Professor in the English—Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of the novels Hidden Place and, most recently, Hey, Liberal! He was recuperating from a knee injury and slid gingerly into a chair in the Punctuate…

November 28, 2017