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Hellraiser-7

Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

NaNoWriMo: Writers, Ban 'Birdman' from Your Brain

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Miraculous

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.

The Chekhov of the Red States

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

Antonya Nelson is her name. If you haven't heard of her yet, that may be because she's still something of a writer's writer with book jackets full of arias of praise from the likes of Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace and Raymond Carver.

The Men in This Collection Are Far From Perfect

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Eliot Treichel knows the interior landscape of a certain American male. With this debut collection, he earns a place next to writers like Rick Bass, Mark Richard, Brady Udall and Sherman Alexie.

Sniff, Sniff

Lynda Freeman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

I looked toward the source of the irritating sound. A woman, who was busy listening to something on her laptop, earphones clamped to her head, sat in the chair beside me. I hope she has a tissue, I thought. I hope she blows her nose.

J.K. Rowling Is Expanding The 'Harry Potter' Universe Again

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books

Harry Potter devotees may remember Celestina Warbeck's vocal stylings from Chapter 16 of "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince." "Oh, come and s...

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Short Stories on New York's Long History

Greg Jacobs | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Greg Jacobs

New York is constantly documented throughout film, television, literature, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The glitz and glamour that have become pseudonymous with this city are contrasted by dark and tragic tales of the city that once was.

The 10 Best Short Stories You've Never Read

Arna Bontemps Hemenway | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Arna Bontemps Hemenway

One thing that's great about short stories is how quickly they can ruin your life. This happens whether you like it or not. Great stories practice this violent beauty on you in a variety of ways.

The Caine Prize and the Rise of the African Short Story

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

The Caine Prize creates a vital exposure for readers not only to a generation of African writers on the rise but also to a literary form that possesses a powerful artisan quality.

The Diary

Tom Garrett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Tom Garrett

I ran into Wendy at the Humane Society Pet Adoption event today. It wasn't a coincidence. Sometimes when I know where she's going to be, I find a wa...

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

Maddie Crum

Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new. H.P. Lovecraft ...

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

Story Writing From Start To Finish

| Posted 05.28.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: It’s every driver’s road trip nightmare. (We know, this is supposed to be about writing. Stay with us.) You’re tryi...

Based on Books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Gets It Right for Preschoolers

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Looking for something special for your preschooler younger brother or sister? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on t...

Bruised Silence

Pamela McMahon-Miller | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Pamela McMahon-Miller

Derwood Trexler drove his SUV along the busy two-lane road, occasionally glancing into his rear view mirror at the trail of cars behind him. The pain...

Biscotti

Ira Greenfest | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Ira Greenfest

"Writing is discovery. You don't know what you're going to feel until you feel it," said Mr. Teicher, her slightly potbellied English teacher. He was ...

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

A Review: 'One Teen Story'

Amy Yoelin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Often in our English classes we hear about literary magazines, but have you actually read any? Well, if you haven't, you're in luck! Now more than ever, there are literary magazines geared towards the young adult genre. (Insert happy dance.)

Follow Your Fantasy: Reshaping Erotica in a Post-Fifty Shades World

Jennifer Walker | Posted 05.27.2014 | Books
Jennifer Walker

In a post-Fifty Shades world, erotica has metaphorically climaxed as a genre all over the publishing industry, but with publishers on the look out for...

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2014

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The book must be one neither of you have read. If you need a recommendation, browse your nearest physical bookstore, perhaps simultaneously, if you live far from each other, so that you can choose together.

Literature, Longevity and Mavis Gallant

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Fran Moreland Johns

Mavis Gallant died recently at the entirely respectable age of 91. On top of the lack of maternal love and affection, Gallant endured other unimaginable emotional assaults and upheavals, realities that underlie her fiction.