April Line Writing

Snotdrops on Roses and Scissors on Kittens

My number 1 favorite thing about residency is that I get to spend a week not explaining myself or enduring weird faces from people because all the other humans there are precisely my sort of weird/neurotic/thinky. A close second, however, is that a lot of people there call me April Line. I have a really […]

#YesAllWomen: How The Interwebs Blew My Mind + Cracked Me Open w/ Rage

I’m sure you’ve heard all about Elliot Rodger and his misogynist manifesto followed by an array of violence where seven people + Rodger lost their lives. In case you didn’t, here’s a recap. I’m not glad Rodger is dead. I feel badly for his parents. I think the whole thing is awful and probably, in […]

21 Lies I Tell Myself to Avoid Writing

1. You really should check in on Facebook. 2. You really, really suck. 3. You need coffee first. 4. You can do it later. 5. Oh my god your ass is smaller! Peer at yourself in the pre-dawn window for a time. Honest to god, it’s smaller than it was yesterday. 6. It is a […]

The Mind of a Feminist Poetry Judge: Tips, Tricks, and a Rape Stanza Ugh

About twice a year for the last few, I’ve had the privilege of judging poetry contests for NFSPS and its organizations. One year, I judged the unrequited love category. I’m not going to lie. A lot of those poems were intensely bad. I believe there were upwards of 400 of them. But finding the few […]

Running Makes Me a Better Writer; I Bet It Would Work For You, Too.

I used to feel outright hostile toward fitness/body progress shared on social media.* So I asked myself why. All I could come up with was dumb fear that: a) I will be judged when I backslide, b) I will be judged because I am still chubby, even though I exercise, c)I will become one of […]

Holding the Disk At Bay: The Power of Clear(er) Self-Perception

The current working title of my memoir is I Am Coming In From the Other Side: This is Me Finding My Way. While drafting, which took place over a couple of years, starting in mid 2011, I had to get into sticky, uncomfortable places with myself. I had to think hard and look hard about […]

Three Neato Inspiring Things for Writey Folk

First, Button Poetry. I’m sending you to their foundation page, but there are loads of wonderful, educational, inspiring, well-performed, energetic pieces on their YouTube channel. Next, American Life in Poetry, a free column edited by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. It’s lovingly posted each week, and is a great place to find new poets […]

Funk Life With Community and Woodpecker

I have traditionally avoided funks by being addicted to productivity. If I am constantly in a flurry of activity, I cannot introspect enough to be depressed. I become anxious if I’m not getting stuff done. (I think, lately, because I’m scared of facing myself.) But this semester, I have intentionally lightened my load. The result? […]

Me and Seattle are MFEO

I’m adding mine to the flurry of AWP 14 Seattle posts that are flying from the fingers of people like us. People like us: Hyperliterate English major types who are writers and who’ve embraced creative writing culture at the graduate level. And our professors, teachers, and in some cases idols.  And publishers and people who […]

Why I Stopped Taking Editing Clients, For Now (Maybe Forever)

I think it’s always been that people believe they’ll write a novel and get rich. My friend Jamie wrote at least one blog post about this, and we freelancers often bemoan our shared plight of wannabe writers chasing that gravy train. My world seems to be shrinking around the edges with the slew of people […]

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