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Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

The specific ingredients that make a literary journal “good” are always up for debate, because what constitutes “good” literature is subjective. As it should be. But just as lit mag editors can do things that will make me think twice (or thrice) about submitting, there are some things they can do that will make me...

Find me at The Rumpus

Find me at The Rumpus

Yesterday my first blog post for online literary-type magazine The Rumpus went live. It’s called “Internet Content Mills Have Nothing on the Hardy Boys,” and you can read it here (don’t worry, it’s short—like this post).

Five plot points that ruin the story

Five plot points that ruin the story

I am guilty of judging books by their covers. If I see a book cover or dust jacket that’s visually appealing, I read the jacket copy. Sometimes I find something amazing. But there are certain plot conventions—cliches, really—that make me put the book back on the shelf no matter how pretty the cover is. Zombies/Zombie...

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

Ever since his run on the revamped early 2000s Catwoman series, I have been in love with Ed Brubaker. After branching out into Fatale and Velvet, both of which I loved, I decided to go back and check out some of his earlier stuff. Unfortunately, the first volume of Criminal did not catch my fancy....

Nature blog: The insects of Heaven’s Hillside

Nature blog: The insects of Heaven’s Hillside

This post originally appeared on April 15, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...