Meet a Grubbie: Karina Van Berkum

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub instructor Karina Van Berkum. Karina is a poet, teacher and editor. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Curio Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Penny Engine, and many others. She teaches preschool and edits for spoKe, an annual poetry magazine focusing on international writing and translation. Catch Karina in action during her Writing Fiction from Real Life class, starting June 16th, or during the July Week of Creative Writing for Teens: Section C from July 17th ...

May 23, 2017 | GrubWrites

Meet a Grubbie

Lit Hits: What We're Reading in May

Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.



Lauren, Grub's Office Manager, recently finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which she can appreciate for its structure, but which she found depressing and lackluster in terms of character development

May 22, 2017 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings

This month at the Dead Darlings office we spent time preparing for some of the most challenging parts of a writer's life – querying and pitching our work. Tracey Palmer interviewed Cambridge native and debut novelist Louie Cronin about persistence and craft.


May 19, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Rejection, Truth-Making, and a Narrative Stegosaurus: a Conversation with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

After four years of serving as the founding instructor of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is set to launch her memoir, The Fact of a Body, tomorrow (May 16th) at Harvard Book Store

May 15, 2017 | Alison Murphy


Best of the Web 05/15/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


A recent study shows that the literary genre you prefer can reveal--or shape--your sense of what is ethical. 

"You Are What You Read"

May 15, 2017 | GrubWrites