The Art of Overhearing

Take a sharpie away from my three-year-old and she will invoke Whitman, will begin sounding her barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.


But plop her on the toilet and the scene is much more reminiscent of the Romantics – as she ponders philosophical questions, her imagination wandering wildly and her intonations somewhere between speech and song.


January 11, 2017 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Master Poetry Deadline Tomorrow!

Apply for Master Poetry by tomorrow, January 5th. 

January 4, 2017 | GrubWrites

Grub News

Apply to Master Poetry by January 5th!

The deadline has been extended! Apply for Master Poetry with Scott Challener by January 5th. 

December 20, 2016 | GrubWrites

Grub News

In Brief

Help, my three-year-old yells, tugging on my leg. There’s a monster under there!


Under where? I say.


And then she falls to the ground laughing, having made yet another unsuspecting adult say underwear aloud.


Underwear is a big deal to my three-year-old – a source of both great silliness and pride – which strikes me as fascinating, given how often I have panicked dreams of standing in front of a small audience only to realize that I’d forgotten to wear pants.

December 14, 2016 | Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Does Writing Advice Work for You?

By Katrin Schumann

Do you hole up in near seclusion like Jonathan Franzen to create your opus? Do you use social media for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

December 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann