Clarity, with a Certain Descriptive Flair: Interview with Nate Chinen

by Kristen Holt-Browning This is some town: last year, I received a notification from the library that a book I had requested had come in and was ready for me to pick up. As I walked in, I happened to run into an acquaintance, a fellow PTA mom at our kids' school. She asked what … Continue reading Clarity, with a Certain Descriptive Flair: Interview with Nate Chinen

Putting Ghosts to Rest with Love: Interview with Catherine Arra

by Kristen Holt-Browning When I started writing poetry again a couple of years ago, after a decade-long lapse , one of the first people I looked up online was Catherine Arra, my high-school creative writing teacher. I was happy to see that she has continued teaching--and impressed to learn that she has published several books, … Continue reading Putting Ghosts to Rest with Love: Interview with Catherine Arra

I Don’t Know What T. S. Eliot Was Talking About, or, It’s National Poetry Month!

How odd that National Poetry Month falls in April—the month so famously designated as “cruel” in one of the canonical poems of Western literature (The Waste Land). Is this irony, or whimsy, or just an unfortunate coincidence? Regardless, as we slide toward the end of National Poetry Month, here are a few of the poetry … Continue reading I Don’t Know What T. S. Eliot Was Talking About, or, It’s National Poetry Month!

The Long and Short of It

by Kristen Holt-Browning Sometimes, I just want to sink into a thick, wide-ranging novel. Getting lost in a world completely unlike my own, or sliding deep into the consciousness of a character—my earliest reading memories are of experiences like this, whether I was reading Black Beauty or Little Women. Over the last several years, I’ve … Continue reading The Long and Short of It

Reading Like a Copy Editor

by Kristen Holt-Browning I write poems and short stories for fun (except when it’s completely frustrating), but I copyedit the work of others for (a little) profit. Usually when I tell someone what I do for a living, the first question I get is, “What exactly does a copy editor do?” followed by, “how are … Continue reading Reading Like a Copy Editor