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Blog | February 17, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Highlights, Craft Thoughts + More

Check out these rad 19th century book-art pages.

Hello again, Rioters! Time again to look at books, essays, and craft notes that have caught my eye.

I feel like I haven’t done a really solid “Here’s some great stuff from The Rumpus” roundup in awhile. Let’s take a look at those starred items:

The Rumpus Interview with Margo Jefferson (author of Negroland)  by Dylan Foley “The Displeasure of the Table” by Toni Nealie, a wonderful essay about the close, tumultuous relationship we have with food, and the nostalgia involved. The Rumpus Interview with Sandra and Ben Doller by Maria Anderson — I admit the mention of Bozeman,

Blog | November 17, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Finding our Humanity through Literature, Diversity + More

Hello, Rioters. It is a dark week for many parts of the world, and though this is not a news site, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Paris, Syria, Lebanon, and other countries experiencing horrible strife. Instead of a news story, a bit of history: “SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted:”

On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where

Blog | December 16, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Good Essays, Call For Writers + More

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Hello Rioters! Happy… Tuesday? Yeah, why not! Tuesday, December 16th seems like just as good of a day as any to celebrate, so let’s get to our first order of business for the Word Riot blog.

As charmingly old news as you may find my infrequent Notes From Elsewhere updates, it’s not entirely the Sara Show around here, and we’re looking to expand the blog.

How the blog shapes up around here will likely be an evolving process, but use the above link to either submit original content or pitch any ideas you have for ongoing

Blog | October 24, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Small Press News, Feminist Reading + More

We have a lot of kick-ass ladies and reading suggestions in this Notes From Elsewhere, so let’s get to it, and then you can go back to sorting your Halloween plans.

Speaking of Halloween, would you like some spooooooky stories to read? Emily Temple at Flavorwire has a shedload for you.

Also at Flavorwire: 28 Feminist Writers on Books Every Man Should Read. (Also, people in general, I would venture.)

And from Alison Herman: “‘Women as Supporting Characters Is a Problem:’ NY Comic Con Panels Take on Strong Female Characters and Trans Themes.”

And speaking of writing about women, let me squeeze in another mention of my favorite

Blog | October 3, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Women in Clothes, Instant Future + More

Hello, Rioters! If you’ll allow me to semi-self promote for a second, I have to say I was quite pleased to see Women in Clothes appear on the New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction list for the week of September 28th. Edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, the book contains contributions from 639 other women about the clothes they’ve worn and the broader implications of those decisions. My contributions to the book are on pages 142 and 412.

Speaking of submissions and ladies: All Grown-Up Books “wants to create a compendium of rad women throughout history! The end result will be a collection of

Blog | July 25, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Late Summer Reading Suggestions

Greetings, all! Most of the lit-link goodies I’ve found interesting this week fall under the broad header of “Reading Suggestions,” either good essays, book recommendations, or other similar ways to feed your brain. Perhaps another week we’ll be more on the craft of writing, topic-wise. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Art Edwards‘ “Do You Have a Vacancy?: Morrissey and Getting What One Wants” in Word Riot‘s June issue came to mind when I saw music journalist Lauren Murphy‘s Smiths pilgrimage (complete with relevant photos) and her personal Top 10 Overlooked Morrissey Songs. Do take a gander.

You’ve probably heard

Blog | January 19, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Awards, Antarctica, Allen Ginsberg, and other Awesome:

Are you a sucker for any Three Musketeers adaptations like I am? Here’s Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC’s The Musketeers, which aired on Jan. 19th. If you have access, it’s still available on BBC iPlayer.

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year! I’ve been on vacation, yet still diligently saving all sorts of lit-related goodies for your perusal. Lots of good reading here, whether you’re off work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day… or if you’re actively avoiding work, holiday or not!

I’ve had a couple of Beat Writer links kicking about my “Word Riot Links” folder

Blog | October 20, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Personal Stories, Prizes, Publishing News

Happy Sunday, Word Rioters. Let us cozy up to some warm literary links this afternoon, shall we?

In Word Riot author news, Karen Skolfield has won the 2012 First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. The book is available through both Amazon and Zone 3 Press (with free shipping). Skofield’s poem, “what my species has to say about your species,” appeared in WR in February 2012.

Also, WR author Leesa Cross-Smith has a new story in SmokeLong Quarterly called “Sometimes We Both Fight In Wars”, and a piece called “Ladies Love Outlaws” in Squalorly. She also had work in the 10th

Blog | January 28, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Monday Edition

Because I’ve been negligent once more with updating here and because I’ve amassed a pile of good links in that time, we’re going to do things a little bit differently this week. How about M-W-F Editions of Notes From Elsewhere? Yes, that sounds good.

How about we pretend that I waited this long just so I could give you a bunch of Richard Blanco-related links? The Inaugural Poet has charmed the pants off everyone with his lovely tribute to the immigrant experience in America, “One Today.” GalleyCat has the video of his inaugural reading, plus other places where you can