Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: What I Wished I Knew When I Was Starting Out

Missing my poetry-mom Lucille Clifton especially today. Here she is reading aloud a poem of hers that I love. Until I got to graduate school, until I got to the people who would become my writing family and my writing community, I wasn’t encouraged much by my peer set in creative writing classes. Especially while I lived and worked in the Deep South. I always felt out of place, out of…

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(Almost) Everything I Know About Writing I Learned from Fanfiction

I spent a fair amount of my youth writing dense, novel-length, & character-driven fanfiction (henceforth referred to as fanfic) until 1am on a school night. After all my homework was done, of course. My fandoms were primarily Sailor Moon and Harry Potter, the former being the one I really dove into. And it was, perhaps, the best crash course in writing money could’ve bought me. So for the newbie writer,…

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[News Flash] November 25, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Cinelle Barnes! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Monsoon Mansion. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/HL8KZ37b5f RT and follow for a chance to win a copy of #MonsoonMansion @DebutanteBall @devislaskar @estefsays @LayneFargo @MFournierWatson @KA_Doore #WritingCommunity #memoir — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…

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Interview with Cinelle Barnes + MONSOON MANSION giveaway

I’m so thrilled to welcome Cinelle Barnes to the Debutante Ball this week! Cinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, a recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), and is the writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. She received an MFA from Converse College. Her work has appeared in Catapult, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Hyphen, The Margins, and…

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Dear Reader

        I remember when I went to my writing group after my agent got the offer from Penguin, and a writer friend asked me if I was happy. He wanted to know if selling the book was as great as I thought it would be, or if it was somehow disappointing. A let-down. I told him it’s every bit as great as I hoped. It’s a dream…

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Celebrate Native Heritage today with a book, an article, and a podcast

Dear reader, November is Native American Heritage Month and instead of writing a Thanksgiving post, I’m compiling a very brief list comprised of one article, book, and podcast that I’ve enjoyed this year and would like to share with you. In June, Jen Deerinwater wrote a fantastic piece for Rewire.News on “Two Spirit,” which she defines as the “umbrella English language term that refers to non-binary gender identities that were…

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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with delicious food and quality time with family (whether the biological or the chosen kind). I have to admit: I’m Not Great at expressing gratitude. Not because I don’t feel thankful for all the wonderful people and things in my life, but because I’m always looking ahead to the next milestone, ambition nipping at…

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[News Flash] November 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Vijaya Nagarajan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/TeS5gm7NyJ Delighted to have Vijaya Nagarajan as @DebutanteBall guest author! RT & follow for a chance to win…

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