Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Chronicles of an X-American (part 1)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

  Chronicles of an X-American (part 1) The best training is to read and write, no matter what — Grace Paley I’ve always been a poet, and it’s always some tributary of poetry that I return to when I have my teeth, metaphorically, kicked in. I started writing poems, mostly nature poems, when I turned nine. I was fast with my first drafts and slow to revise. Only my fifth-grade…


On Rejections or How I Learned to Love Being Passed On

Monday, October 1, 2018

Rejection, noun – The ignoble act of passing over a clearly remarkable novel; pure, poignant pain; the cause of many writers’ soulful wailings. Back before Craigslist was all scams, all the time, I found an ad for a literary agency on there. They were looking for an intern, the ad claimed. Someone who could help them with their slushpile and other assorted tasks. I applied right away, certain that I…