The Narrators Show – Tricks

A night highlighting the conversation between storytelling and laughter Hearing about The Narrators Show event from a teacher I decided that I might as well give it a shot. And when I say “it” I mean being social. I am a large fan of sitting at home and binging Netflix or getting sucked into the black hole of Youtube, but that night I decided to … Continue reading The Narrators Show – Tricks

Pry by Tender Claws LLC

“Pry open a troubled mind and hold its thoughts in your hands” – Danny Cannizzaro and Samantha Gorman Video games are commonly associated with the stereotypical image of an acne prone face, greasy haired, Doritos eating nerd-boy who stays up till late hours of the night staring at a bright screen playing his favorite game. Those games have habitually been tied with princesses in distress, … Continue reading Pry by Tender Claws LLC

San Diego Poetry Slam on Voice and What We Call Ourselves

  October 10th, 2016: second-round qualifiers for the San Diego Poetry Slam team at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center.  Doors opened at 8:00 p.m. At 6:30 there was a line stretching out through North Park, vibrating on the sidewalk.  My fiancée and I went into Fatboy’s Deli down the block to use the ATM.  I hesitated.  Should we get sandwiches and just get in … Continue reading San Diego Poetry Slam on Voice and What We Call Ourselves

“Rainy Day” by Thais Weiller

Untangling Twine: A Modern Day Choose Your Own Adventure If you were an enthusiastic reader as a kid, chances are you know the unconventional joys the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) series brought to your childhood. And if you’re anything like me, you love a little nostalgia to remind you of the good ol’ days of interactive fiction. If either of those descriptions applies to … Continue reading “Rainy Day” by Thais Weiller

“Along the Edge” by Nova-box

Consequences of Choice: A Playthrough Reading “Along the Edge is an interactive graphic novel,” states the very first screen upon the beginning of a new save file. The most recent creation from Nova-box, Along the Edge is what some people would call a computer game. Purchasable on Steam, a marketplace for computer games, the argument is even more persuasive. A story accompanied by visuals, music, … Continue reading “Along the Edge” by Nova-box

Instagram: The New Publishing Platform

From left to right: David Jones, Rupi Kaur, Robert M. Drake When we hear the word Instagram, we usually think of iPhone photography, selfies, and artistic expression. But what if I told you that Instagram has served as a platform for authors to share their work and set a foundation for their careers for quite some time now? Instagram has nurtured a community of once … Continue reading Instagram: The New Publishing Platform

Interview with Genevieve Plunkett

…Cruel and Seductive…

Genevieve Plunkett is an emerging author of short stories with a novel in progress. genevieve-plunkettHer works handle a wide range of topics: marriage, childhood, and even horses and they have been published in Mud Season Review, New England Review, and Willow Springs Magazine. I reached out to her for an interview because I wanted to understand from an author’s perspective what a short story means for the creative process – especially when that author is working on a novel. Concepts of time, thematic depth, and just what goes into a short story that differentiates it from the larger works of fiction that popular literary culture seems to consider more important – that was the perspective of this interview.


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Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

The Short-Dirty Human Existence

Diane Williams says we’re sort of fine Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine is a 131-page collection of 40 stories, the longest of which is five pages. Diane Williams writes like there is only one breath of air to speak with before sinking to the bottom of the pool. Every word matters. When the other editors and I started talking about what Demitasse would be, I … Continue reading The Short-Dirty Human Existence

Writer’s Round Table – Allie Gove and Kaleb Cook

Hey my name is Lily Staples and I’ll be steering this conversation today with Allie Gove and Kaleb Cook. Just a quick and easy chat on being a writer and trying to get pieces of yours published … and all that jazz. This is not your common interview with an “up-and-coming” writer because we’ve all read those before. To myself and a few of my writerly … Continue reading Writer’s Round Table – Allie Gove and Kaleb Cook

The Digital Humanities Collaborative

What Are the Digital Humanities? (And Why Do They Matter?) I assume digital must mean something to all of us: cellphones, virtual reality, computers, and so on. “Humanities” is a bit trickier – if you’re involved in academia, you probably know that the humanities are a field of learning that focus on, to put it simply, the human. That means performing research intended to explore … Continue reading The Digital Humanities Collaborative