Read More - Counterpoint: Why We Should Question (If Not Abolish) the Writing Ritual
By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Jordan Osborne Since I decided to attempt being a writer, I’ve been told that I need to have a ritual for writing—set aside time and space, develop some habits to get me in the right frame of mind. Honestly, I could go on and on, rattling off tips from other […]
Read More - Finding a Home for Your Writing
By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Yuni Ramos While sending your writing into the world can certainly feel daunting at times, there are several benefits to doing so. Some highlights include reaching a new audience, boosting your confidence, engaging in the literary conversation, and obtaining professional credibility. Now that I’ve got your attention, you may be […]
Read More - Procedures for the Slowpoke Poet
By Colorado Review Associate Editor Susannah Lodge-Rigal I am a slow writer. This is something I know to be true: as a student at Colorado State University and in my writing life prior, I have never been quick to come up with new ideas for poems or essays. I admire poets who, day after day, […]
Read More - On Love Poetry
By Colorado Review Associate Editor Daniel Schonning For most of us, the pitfalls associated with writing a modern love poem are nearly too many to count. On one side: the saccharine, the sentimental, the end-rhymed and metrical. On the other: the woe-filled; the creepy; the self-obsessed, erotic magnum opus. Somewhere between exists the razor’s edge […]
Read More - Interview with Shannon Sweetnam: Winner of the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Esther Hayes Shannon Sweetnam is a Chicago-based essay and fiction writer whose work has appeared most recently in the Chicago Tribune, terrain.org, Cleaver Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, the Golden Key, Literal Latte, the Pinch, Crab Orchard Review, Nano Fiction, and Georgetown Review. She is the winner of the 2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, 2010 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and two Illinois […]
Read More - An Interview with Poet Abigail Chabitnoy
In this interview, Abigail Chabitnoy walks us through her experiences as a student, writer, and poet seeking publication. She was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow, and her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and Red Ink, among others.
Read More - Muriel Rukeyser and the Legacy of Documentary Poetry
Using trial transcripts, witness testimonies, interviews, medical descriptions, and more, Rukeyser documents a nonlinear account of the industrial disaster through voices both real and imagined. Throughout, she never loses sight of the potential problematics of documentary poetry (voyeurism, appropriation, etc.) and this inquiry into her own method is an integral part of the poem.
Read More - Some Essential Skills for Leaving the MFA
By Colorado Review Associate Editor David Mucklow The end of the MFA is an inevitably strange experience, full of sort of empty landmarks of finality: turning in your thesis, defending your thesis, writing your last paper, grading your last paper, attending your last class, having your thesis formally accepted by the graduate school (a task […]
Read More - How to Create a Purposeful Reading List
“Part of the beauty of literature is its great diversity, its weirdness, its ability to examine the human condition in new and authentic ways.”
Read More - Small Miracles
This thing that we do carries an energy that is crucial to our being able to wake up and rediscover the world around us again and again and again.