July 9, 2018

David James Poissant's craft talk, “Find, Replace: Revising Prose Style in a Microsoft Word World,” was originally published in The Southeast Review's October 2017 Writer’s Regimen.

Let me get one thing out of the way, right away: I love to teach. I’m not one of those w...

July 1, 2018

Amy Meng's craft talk, “Know Thyself,” was originally published in The Southeast Review's October 2017 Writer’s Regimen.

The problems I have with my poems are often the same problems I have as a person: too controlling, too much vague ambition without a plan, too much m...

June 25, 2018

Ebenbach's craft talk, “You're Unreliable, Too,” was originally published in The Southeast Review's October 2017 Writer’s Regimen.

Unreliable narrators give some of my student writers fits: They want to know: What makes certain characters unreliable? Where do they come...

June 11, 2018

Roripaugh’s craft talk, “Five Uneasy Pieces About (Writing) Anger,” was originally published in The Southeast Review's October 2017 Writer’s Regimen.

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During a graduate thesis workshop, your white male colleague (now retired) tells a female graduate student that storie...

February 12, 2016

I learned a good deal about writing from watching and listening to jazz musicians. More specifically, I learned about the effective use of surprise, play and dissonance from them. I would take—and still do—my older son, who has autism among other things, to hear the ba...

January 15, 2016

When Chekov famously asserted, “if a gun is on the mantle in the first act, it must go off in the third,” he probably did not intend for his dictum to extend into the realm of poesy. But with the first lines of any poem we begin to establish expectations, a primary gro...

January 8, 2016

Duende has many definitions, but we will focus on Federico Garcia Lorca’s extensive writings on it, looking at duende through the lens of poetry, how it relates to poetry, and how it can be adapted to the art of your poetry. Lorca writes in his essay, “The Th...

August 28, 2015

1. First off, poems aren’t magical things that plop from the air and onto your plate, fat and greasy like Grandmother’s dumplings. It might happen, but I wouldn’t count on it.

2. Be open for the unexpected, but be so with purpose. If something comes up, don’t think abou...

August 14, 2015

There is no such thing as a poem without imagination. There are poems without metaphors that can work, poems without similes that can work, poems that don’t use rhyme or rhythm that can work and work well, but a poem without imagination isn’t a poem. The imagination is...