In addition to classes called "What If" about speculative fiction and "Utopia and Dream" about idealistic societies both real and imagined, I taught genre fiction to my sophomores and juniors. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery . . . I found short story examples and we read and discussed the expected tropes and the real-life satisfactions, explorations, [...]


Bracken, the online journal from Washington, believes in hope to get us all by through with "love of the woods and its shadows." It is a beautiful magazine I've already recommended. Begin with Bracken's main page because just now you do not want to miss another look at Amanda Greive's art, and then click on "Coronavirus Hopelings" for a series [...]

Why We Write: On Pandemics, Heat Waves, Police Brutality, and Resiliency

Her mother's "writing represented both financial and emotional survival. For money, she edited a small newspaper and freelanced articles. For solace, she wrote stories at dawn. Some were published, and some weren’t. Publishing wasn’t the point." Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens [...]


Acceptance is a multilayered thing that means different things to different people. It can even mean different things to the same people at different times. Case in point— Among writers, "acceptance" has a specific meaning: work has been accepted for publication. The journals I send my work to have an acceptance rate that is quite [...]

a poem

by Michael Meyerhofer FOR AHMAUD ARBERY, AN UNARMED BLACK JOGGER KILLED FOR ALLEGEDLY LOOKING IN THE WINDOW OF A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION   I was twenty-two, white, in love that day I wasn’t shot for trespassing. It happened nearly two decades ago. We started out in the backseat   of her parents’ oxblood Subaru, heading [...]