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Still Learning: A Journey Through My Publishing Process by Meggie Royer

Still Learning: A Journey Through My Publishing Process by Meggie Royer

In the past few months, two of my first poetry books have been re-released - Survival Songs and Healing Old Wounds With New Stitches. Re-releasing them as new versions is sort of like sending my “children” out into the world again, ready to tangle with new readers and critics alike.

Publishing my first two books was a learning experience, akin to dipping my toes in the water. I had no idea what a contract was, what it was used for, how to send polished business emails, how to even lay out a proper table of contents in a manuscript. I didn’t...


Don't Quit Your Daydream: Juggling Careers & Ambitions by Yena Sharma-Purmasir

Don't Quit Your Daydream: Juggling Careers & Ambitions by Yena Sharma-Purmasir


If you think about art, you think about what the artist needs. For me, it has always been a computer. I was ten years old when I got my first computer, a bulky HP silver-blue machine. In the sixth grade, we had to create our own poetry books and I drafted the entire thing on Microsoft Word. I printed out the sheets of paper and cut everything, little squares of poems. I glued them down on cardstock. I sewed the pages together.

That was thirteen years ago. I don’t print my poems out anymore. I type up a poem. If I...


As Brief as Breath: The Power Of Short Poems by Michelle K.

As Brief as Breath: The Power Of Short Poems by Michelle K.


If I had a dollar for every message about “is there any more to this poem? Is it really only four lines?” I’d probably be a millionaire. Well, perhaps not a millionaire, but I’d easily have over a hundred dollars.

I’ve long envied the beautiful tapestry that some poets weave: the lengthy words, the seamless lines, finished with thick knots of perfectly placed punctuation. Some writers just write sexy. I stare in awe at their multi-page prose.

Then, I return to my style. While it’s changed over the past decade or so, I’ve come to find my sweet spot in the short...


Read Fewer White Dudes: On Diversifying Your Bookshelf by Lora Mathis

Read Fewer White Dudes: On Diversifying Your Bookshelf by Lora Mathis

I grew up loving books. My librarians knew my name because I would check out a stack of books every two weeks. I would base decisions off what I expected my favorite literary heroes would do. I felt like they “got me” on a deeper level than anyone else. I moved a lot, and creating an internal world through reading was the only way I felt control over my unstable environment.

The thing is, I thought the gateway to being Smart and Well-Read meant reading as many literary classics as I could. This meant I grew up reading...


The Lie of the Tortured Artist

The Lie of the Tortured Artist


by Ashe Vernon

For the last ten years of my life, depression has shaped everything I’ve done. It has affected my relationships, my self-worth, my ability to function. There have been good days. Hell, there have even been good years, but it has never gone away. Depression has become the monster who doesn’t always hide under the bed anymore, but sometimes climbs on top of it and sits on my chest and dares me to get up in the mornings. Sometimes, he sits at the kitchen table and pours salt into my coffee cup.

A good day,...