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On “Therapeutic” Writing, by Laura Kendall

May 19, 2015 • Nonfiction, TLR News

In the first workshop during my MFA experience, I was terrified. I didn’t think I knew enough. Didn’t think I’d read enough. Didn’t believe I deserved to be in my program. But we talked about writing what we obsess about, and my hair, or increasing lack of it, came to mind. It was something I… Read More ›

TLR News »

On “Therapeutic” Writing, by Laura Kendall

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In the first workshop during my MFA experience, I was terrified. I didn’t think I knew enough. Didn’t think I’d read enough. Didn’t believe I deserved to be in my program. But we talked about writing what we obsess about, and my hair, or increasing lack of it, came to mind. It was something I… Read More ›

Guidelines »

Some Things I Can Tell from the Slush Pile

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Reading stories from the slush pile, is of course, an exercise in assessing not only a work’s literary value, but also its compatibility with TLR’s editorial vision. Reading so many submissions also steers the editor’s mind towards thoughts about the author—no matter how well crafted the story, there are always subtle clues that point to… Read More ›

Poetry »

The Curse of Lineated Prose, by James Benton

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  The Problem: I use the term “Lineated prose” to describe a kind of poetry recognizable by the presence of certain characteristic usages, among them: Overuse of the verb “to be,” Absence of a pulse due to Flat, fluffy, or flabby diction, and Line breaks that raise the question, “why here?” Admittedly the line between prose… Read More ›