Archives for April 2012

Pick a Tarot Card

A few years ago I read an excellent Paris Review interview with Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan. In the interview, Ryan admits, among other things, that, in part, she learned to write poetry by using a deck of tarot cards. Each morning (this was back in the 1970s) Ryan would turn over a tarot […]

Geer Up! It’s Still National Poetry Month!

Poet Geer Austin brings us more of the big to-do for National Poetry Month. Geer formerly led NYWC workshops for LGBT homeless youth at New Alternatives, Sylvia’s Place, and the Times Square-supported housing project. Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival 2012 – April 20-22 Run entirely by the students, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival is the largest free poetry […]

pass (out) over

The table is set for Seder with macaroons, kosher wine, matzo bread, parsley, apple salad, horseradish.  The washing of the hands commences, and each holds out palms to be cleansed. This may sound like a traditional Jewish celebration, but the people around the table are quite diverse. In the corner are couch surfers from Australia […]

Celebrating Rose Gorman with the National Council for Research on Women

By Rebecca McCray Rebecca McCray leads a writing workshop for formerly incarcerated women seeking higher education at College and Community Fellowship, and works as a paralegal with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. An Iowa transplant, she lives and writes in Brooklyn. Last month, NYWC workshop leader and Arts editor for The Narrator, Rose Gorman, was recognized […]

Poetry Review: Hurrah’s Nest by Arisa White

This week’s poetry review is contributed by Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, whose poetry has appeared in Stone Canoe, Callaloo, Tin House, and Mississippi Review.  She is the founder of The Create Collective, a non-profit organization working to bridge the gaps between artists and community based organizations. Chelsea currently leads NY Writers Coalition workshops for homeless LGBTQ youth […]

In the Interrogative Mood?

If I asked you to write an entire piece of prose solely made up of sentences that ask a question, do you think you could pull it off? Have you ever thought about the origin of the phrase pull it off ? What about the phrase that’s the way the cookie crumbles? Are you right now wishing that […]

Q and A with Madeleine George and Carley Moore

But I have been thinking a lot lately about mastery and how at a certain point if you’re multi-tasking writing into your life, you start to crave single minded focus. Everyone can attest to this, all writers with jobs feel this way. There’s a way in which you can hit a ceiling. You can’t make symphonic pieces of work; in other words, complicated pieces of scope and scale in which all the parts inside speak to one another meaningfully, unless you have big big pieces of time so that in the quiet spaces around your head you can start to hear the parts of the thing resonate off each other. Otherwise, you can only write forward. You can only write the thing that’s ahead of you. You can’t laterally listen to the piece. I feel thats the thing that writers who have jobs are always shooting for. It’s figuring how to make little places to have enough space around you so you can hear it in stereo.

Top Five Short Story & Essay Collections

Fits and starts. That seems to be what Spring is about. Spring is like a perhaps hand  – or so says e e cummings – and we’re suddenly volleying between sunshine and storms, watching those new blossoms take a season-shift’s thrashing. So what’s a good reader to do? Winter’s the time for long novels, Dostoevsky […]

Sex in Medicine: A Q&A with Robin Brehm

Cecilia Galarraga is a new NY Writers Coalition workshop leader. She has just started leading the Imani House workshop at PS 282. For this week’s social justice discussion, Cecilia interviewed Robin Brehm, a medical student at SUNY Downstate, about gender equality in the medical field and the LGBTQ-specific programming of Sex in Medicine Week. In […]

The Accidental Therapy of Writing Workshops

By Rebecca McCray Rebecca McCray leads a writing workshop for formerly incarcerated women seeking higher education at College and Community Fellowship, and works as a paralegal with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. An Iowa transplant, she lives and writes in Brooklyn. Last week, the Times published an article exploring the increasing popularity of writing […]