The July 2019 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, watching the fireworks. That matters too.
In the November 2018 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.
In the October 2018 edition of "Lit Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.
In the "Books that Made You" series, we're taking a look at the books that made us who we are. This time, we asked you what book made you feel seen. After scrutinizing our highly scientific social media poll, we present to you this non-exhaustive list of books that get at the heart of our personal experiences.
"I found myself saying 'YES
2017 gave us neck-break news cycles, Fifty Shades Darker, and the man romper (why it wasn't the bro romper—or the #bromper—we'll never know). But 2017 also gave us searing memoirs, blazing poetry, and breathtaking novels. In short, it was lit-tastic. These are the Grub staff and community's very best books of the year.
The Grub community has spoken
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.
Who says you need to be over 18 to write something beautiful and devastating? Our amazing YAWP teens prove again and again that they can write their hearts out. Join us this Saturday to write out yours!
Consequence of Confidence
I teach. A lot. I teach at writing centers, universities, online. I don’t have family members in academia, and I have moved around a bit, so I’ve gotten these jobs with a limited number of connections. Because I don’t have a tenure-track position, sometimes I have to assemble different jobs into a “full-time” job. Yes, instructors, especially adjuncts, are under-paid and under-benefitted
“Those who take joy in writing are never in want of something to do.”
I just came up with that while sitting at my intern desk at GrubStreet. I think it sounds good to me because it’s true, and that’s what good writing is: translating the truth—as we know it—into words. The above quotation is certainly true to me as I have found immense pleasure and repeatedly escaped aimlessness by keeping writing in my back pocket.
Last winter, when my son was seven-months-old, I made a decision—the same decision I had made six years prior—to move halfway across the country.
Six years ago it was much easier. I was 24, lived in a studio apartment, and had only enough belongings to fit in the trunk of my black Chevy Cavalier. I was untethered. I had just finished grad school, had completed a rough draft of my novel, and had a great reason to move from Illinois to Massachusetts: love