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Writing for LOVE- Special V-Day Edition

When it come to Valentine’s day, a lot of us feel the pressure to go to an expensive restaurant or find an amazing event to express our love. Now, I am all for fancy candlelit dinners, but sometimes the best expressions of love are the simplest (and cheapest!). I know that as much as I love chocolates, I am even more moved by an original love poem or letter from someone I care about…

Fourteen (simple) writing prompts for 2014!

I hope your New Year is off to a sparkling start! I spent mine sending lanterns into the sky from Fort Greene Park and then sitting in quiet meditation for the last thirty minutes of 2013 into the brand new beginning of 2014. So, here we are. And, to start the year off right, I am offering fourteen of my favorite simple writing prompts …

What do you do when you’re stuck?

So, I haven’t been writing so much lately. I’ve been grading student writing, doing yoga, shopping for gifts…but not really writing. And it’s not just that I’m busy. It’s also that feeling of the gas tank being close to empty…Sound familiar?…

Welcoming Change

Each fall I am stirred by the movement in the seasons and what it moves in me. Often, the movement is outward, as fall is the time when the academic year begins and a flurry of activity begins for me. This year, although there are many exciting projects on the horizon, I find myself craving a change from the pace of city life, a desire to draw inward. What is changing in you/for you this season…

Finding Your Creative Community

I belong to a lot of different communities—spiritual, artistic, professional—some are temporary, some have proven to be long lasting. What they have in common is that they have provided me with an anchor, with a encouragement, with sustenance, all the things I have needed to survive and thrive as an artist and a human being. Sometimes, a community is one you find. Sometimes, it is one that you must make yourself. …

Saying Yes To Unexpected Beauty

Sometimes we are so caught up in the daily struggle it can be hard to pay attention to the beauty that is right there in front of us. It can be especially hard when what is commanding our attention extends not only to our own struggles but to the struggles in the world around us. And yet, here you are, breathing. A gift. Right now. I want you to stop and notice three beautiful things…

What I’m Learning From My Elders

Does this ever happen to you? You are so busy in the beautiful chaos of your life, in the everything-there-is-to-do, suddenly an entire day has passed and you can’t remember how you got from here to there or who you encountered along the way. You were so busy, you’ve somehow missed the meat of your life, for that day, anyway. This describes me, more often than I would like to admit…

Can Perfectionism Kill Creativity

This is something that I wrestle with in SO MANY aspects of my life, but especially in my creative life. After Eyes, Stones had been accepted for publication, I found myself unable to write anything at all, much less anything I liked. I called it writers’ block, but as I discovered, it was actually fear…

Does Poetry Matter?

This is a question that gets tossed around in academic circles a lot. Sometimes it feels like a very small voice that gets lost in the chaos and noise of technology and mass media. So, why keep doing it?…



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