A roundup of news — All Over the Place

Michael Begnal has a new poem out in Poiesis, issue 5 — as he points out, the small poetry journals are on the run these days, so it’s lovely to see this.  And.  Only $4, and his link will take you to where you can buy the issue. Starhawk’s new book, The Empowerment Manual, which…

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Musings on life as story, over in D.C.

It’s cold today, but not as cold as it’s going to get in a few days, the weather people tell us.  Sarah Beckwith comes in tonight; she’s going to speak on The Winter’s Tale at Duquesne tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:00 PM (324 Fisher Hall; her talk will be followed by the Duquesne Medieval and Renaissance…

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Little budgies, lots of space

Here at Nutwood we have, besides the three dogs and two cats, a couple of budgies, who live in the sunporch window.  For a while I had no budgies — when I first moved out of Bear’s Retreat, I couldn’t fit them into the doll’s house apartment I was in, and then, at Nutwood, Laura…

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Ah. The semester’s over. Let’s check out the blogs:

Mike Begnal’s got a poem in Kali’s Tongue,  a chapbook of poems written in homage to Sticky Fingers — and edited by Justin Kishbaugh. Rachael Herron discusses how to organize an unorganized journal AND work on character motivation. Robert Isenberg posts an excerpt from Ruins, his (excellent) M.F.A. thesis. And Anne Hill’s got a video…

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Excellent Lesson in how NOT to Behave on the Net

This has already gone viral, but for the sake of any writing students who’ve missed it, Here’s a review of a self-published novel, followed by the author exploding her career in the comments, and here’s the hoo-hah on amazon. Enjoy!  But do NOT emulate!

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Open Mic at Duquesne

Next Monday, the 28th of March, :lexicon, the Duquesne literary mag, will be hosting Open Mic at the Barnes and Noble Starbucks, on Forbes Avenue across from the campus. The sign-up sheet will start going around at 6:30; the readings will start at 6:45; and I know from experience that if you’re arriving after 7:00,…

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Wednesday Round-up

Macha has posted invocations to the Helicon Nine, in case you’re needing inspiration; Rachael talks about learning plot construction; and Reya advises us that Uranus is moving into Aries on Friday, so we should damn well chill out.  

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Good News from the Heir Raiser

Michelle Markey Butler (among other things the founder of the Duquesne Medieval and Renaissance Players) has short stories appearing in both Elf Love and Rapunzel’s Daughters, collections from Pink Narcissus Press.  Elf Love is out now, and available to purchase; Rapunzel’s Daughters is due to come out in May of this year.

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