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Ekphrasis: How a Response to Art Can Inspire Writing, by Stacey Balkun

July 28, 2015 • Poetry

Loosely defined, ekphrasis is “art in response to art.” The word “ekphrasis” comes from the Greek: “Ek” meaning “out” and “phrazein” meaning “to speak.” For me, surrealist paintings work as a trigger for my writing: art in response to art. I may not know what I want to write until I stare long enough at… Read More ›

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TLR Volume 2, Number 2 is Live!

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Tahoma Literary Review issue 4 (Volume 2, Number 2) is now live. We’ve come out a few days earlier than anticipated in order to coincide with our reading tonight (July 23, 7 pm) at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Books. Here’s a little bit about what you’ll find inside, but the best way to appreciate the issue… Read More ›

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What We’re Looking For in Issue 5

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With three issues published and our fourth issue just about to enter production, we at TLR are both proud of where we’ve been and looking forward to the future. As we clear our desks to open submissions for our fifth issue this Thursday, May 7, we’d like to give submitters a heads-up about what we’re… Read More ›

Poetry »

Ekphrasis: How a Response to Art Can Inspire Writing, by Stacey Balkun

Illumined_Pleasure_Salvador_Dali

Loosely defined, ekphrasis is “art in response to art.” The word “ekphrasis” comes from the Greek: “Ek” meaning “out” and “phrazein” meaning “to speak.” For me, surrealist paintings work as a trigger for my writing: art in response to art. I may not know what I want to write until I stare long enough at… Read More ›

Fiction »

On Writing about Race in Fiction, by Miles White

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“Race” is a euphemism Americans use to describe a very ugly aspect of the American character—we tend to not like each other because of differences in skin color. It’s more complex than that of course. We don’t like each other based on skin color, ethnicity, religion, political ideology, gender identification, geography, class privilege, educational background,… Read More ›