Writing, Promptly

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word firstContinue reading “Writing, Promptly”

50 States, 50 Novels: Some Great American Novels

Originally posted on Qwiklit:
It is impossible to contain all of the United States of America in one novel. From Alabama to Wyoming, there is little to connect every work here except for the fact that they are, well, American. But if you’re currently sitting on your front porch, looking for an escape to anywhere…

From Station to Station with Doug Aitken

Starting in September Doug Aitken’s art will take a journey by train. Here’s an excerpt about the project: Aitken’s Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour will travel to 10 different locations by rail on a train the artist himself designed that is intended to be a “kinetic sculpture [that will] act as a culturalContinue reading “From Station to Station with Doug Aitken”

Scattered Blossoms Reading on May 12th, 2013, 2 pm at Cy Twombly Gallery

Scattered Blossoms: Poems Inspired by Cy Twombly Please join us for A Poetry Reading at the Menil Collection Sunday, May 12th, 2 pm Cy Twombly Gallery The Menil Collection 1515 Sul Ross Houston, TX 77006 Featuring these poets: Joseph Campana Jane Creighton Robin Davidson Christa Forster Peter Hyland Jonathan Moody Laura Mullen Robin Reagler FranContinue reading “Scattered Blossoms Reading on May 12th, 2013, 2 pm at Cy Twombly Gallery”

Finding the My in Mythology

I “discovered” the artist Dan-ah Kim through the writers’ blog, NewPages. Although it seemed surprising to me at first, as I studied Kim’s art, the pairing made perfect sense. Every picture I studied seemed to evoke a whole mythology around it. The more I stared, the more story emerged. I am struck with the personalContinue reading “Finding the My in Mythology”

My Daily Poetry Fix by Stefan Hengst

It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook  Soon patterns began toContinue reading “My Daily Poetry Fix by Stefan Hengst”

Brian Dettmer: The Art of the Book

Brian Dettmer sculpts with books and paints with the words on the page. Literally. Dettmer describes the motivation behind his work this way: The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This isContinue reading “Brian Dettmer: The Art of the Book”

Igniters for Writers

Every writer gets stuck on occasion. When that happens, there’s hope. Check out the Writer Igniter app on the DIY MFA website. The program shuffles an e-deck of cards and provides you with a character, a situation, a prop, and a setting. You take it from there, imagination not included! The DIY MFA concept isContinue reading “Igniters for Writers”