NaPoWriMo 2014 Begins Today




If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.

There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:


The Bell Jar

Chris Jarmick




Writer’s Digest

When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.

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 first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?

Collage by Rex Ray

50 States, 50 Novels: Some Great American Novels

I’m on of those people who loves reading books about the places I travel while I am traveling. Therefore I love the idea of choosing a novel for each of the 50 US states. Maybe one day I’ll make my own list. In the meantime, check out this literary tour of America from 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 in America, be it the Everglades of Florida, the beaches of Southern California, or even the cold, merciless terrain of Alaska — then worry not: we have found some of the finest works of contemporary literature this country has to offer, and placed them all on one comprehensive list. Enjoy!

Alabama – John Green – Looking for Alaska (2005)

Don’t let the title fool you; John Green places his main character, the biography-obsessed prep-school student called Miles, in the middle of a love triangle centered around an Alabamian prep school. Green has a knack for channeling the ‘coming-of-age’ to…

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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 is a cool one. I have an MFA in creative writing already, and I still find that I’m drawn to this site for ideas and inspiration. Congrats to Gabriela Pereira on a great project.

Letter to the Stranger by Conchitina Cruz

Flies by Bryan Christie


What I am about to tell you may or may not matter in the long run.

I have taken to alphabetizing the things in my kitchen. Thus colander next to coriander, dairy next to dishwashing liquid, ice next to insecticide. Anything can be held together by a web of associations: armoire to banister, by virtue of setting. Clavicle to daffodil, by family of sounds. Elephants to falafel because of that day in December, gash to harbor because of that summer with nothing better to do. Illicit to jeopardy, jeopardy to karma, karma to long life or lip service or manual labor, manual labor to never again, never again to on one condition to private practice to questionnaire. And so on. Anything is the truest beginning of what I am about to say.

Words most probably included in what I am about to tell you: accept, again, alcohol, apparently, bakery, be, because, blue, bordering, come, company, continuous, crap, dashboard, definitely, don’t, drawer, end, enough, exactly, fantasy, forget, haha, how, hydrangeas, ink, insult, maybe, modern, more, must, nerve, never, no, of, period, phone, please, psycho, ridiculous, ring, slab, sleeping, sorry, splat, stash, teeth, television, tender, then, there, this, though, thus, very, wtf, yes.

What I am about to say may be said in other words, and these words may be divided into several categories resembling a system of looking at flies: a) detached, with a hint of disdain, b) obligatory, c) doubt replaced by candor, d) having slipped from one room to another, e) borrowed from the library, f) a subcategory of c), g) that which replays itself, h) without resignation.

by Conchitina Cruz

published in DIAGRAM 10.4

LARKS by Anne Boyer

Fourteen stanzas through the brush please mention

I dig this slumping anti-sentence: punctuation

a meter: yards up. Tight and unapologetic promoters

of the agenda — my ratty down people —tell me

again how you grooved across my brother’s face.

My concern is that you may flee the city rumbling en masse,

burning ship songs, the landing party on fire, stumbling drunk,

tongues flapping like surrender, hair in Albion curls.

Brave little sots, dandy in your bones (they fold like architecture),

do not hope for a minute I would not turret, moat and knight for you.

I would Harvester and John Deere and Pioneer for you.

I would (if a creek) tadpole all the names I cunning

for you: preordain, prehensile, prepay, prescient, predate.

I cunning for you: mistake, misery, misalign. My people

(larks) I would catfish. I would bass boat. I would cast a fly.

by Anne Boyer

published in TYPO 15

Newborn at Born Magazine

Check out the latest in poet/artist/composer collaboration at Born Magazine.  I always find something to love.

Artists in this issue:

Layne Braunstein, New York, New York
Martin Brolin, Stockholm, Sweden
Meredith Dittmar, Portland, Oregon
Dave Selden, Portland, Oregon

Writers in this issue:

Dan Albergotti, Conway, South Carolina
April Kopp, Chicago, Illinois
Zachary Schomburg, Portland, Oregon