Let’s Get Political

by Kristen Holt Browning Politics and writing: do they mix? Up until recently, I would have said “no.” I thought works of fiction and poetry that overtly articulated political opinions or worldviews were artless and heavy handed.  But it’s 2018, and regardless of whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between, politics is everywhere. A … Continue reading Let’s Get Political

Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

by Ruta Rimas July is coming to an end and so the back-to-school sales are on. These dog days of summer seem the right time, then, to recommend a back-to-basics text, one that plants the roots of good writing: The Elements of Style. It’s an informative, straightforward writing manual from the grandfather of writing instruction, William … Continue reading Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

Reading About Writing Doesn’t Count as Writing

by Kristen Holt-Browning I am a sucker for any book that promises a glimpse into “the writer’s life”—books that, in discussing the daily practices of authors, will (I hope) offer a clear and well-trodden path to I can follow to literary accomplishment. There are plenty of books that offer this big-picture, life-of-the-writer perspective. I’m often … Continue reading Reading About Writing Doesn’t Count as Writing

Monogamist Writing: An Interview with Author (and GLB September Guest) Danielle Trussoni

by Julie Chibbaro We are lucky to live in the Hudson Valley near the Hudson River, which attracts many artists and writers to its luscious shores. Danielle Trussoni, along with her filmmaker husband Hadrien and her two children, is a recent transplant. Danielle will be our Get Lit Beacon guest in September 2018. Danielle is … Continue reading Monogamist Writing: An Interview with Author (and GLB September Guest) Danielle Trussoni

Reading Like a Writer: Poetry Every Day

by Kristen Holt Browning When the poet Lucie Brock-Broido died in March, I felt a pang of shame. I had never read her, even though throughout college and grad school, I read lots of poetry. Heck, my MA thesis focused on the poets Anne Carson, Louise Glück, and Jorie Graham. And before that, I wrote … Continue reading Reading Like a Writer: Poetry Every Day