Creative Rituals for Fall Writing - leaves

Creative Rituals to Deepen Your Writing this Fall

Fall is here. My favorite season. The liminal time, where the light trades itself out for the deeper, darker half of the year. The autumn equinox was last week, and there is a new moon today. It's a rare black moon, our second new moon this month. To me, this is all part of a good pause before the holidays. September and October are the year's last call to establish a creative routine or deepen your writing with new creative rituals. While the writing itself is what matters, I'm a big ... Continue Reading
Writing prompts with Seven Invitations

A New Journey of Writing Prompts to Meet Your Voice

A year ago today, I was beginning my journey as a certified leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. I boarded an early morning train from Grand Rapids to Chicago, with a very dog-eared and well-loved copy of Writing Alone & With Others in my hands. The truth is, when I arrived at that training in Chicago, I didn't have Voice & Vessel on my mind. I was coming out of a few years of intense change and learning. My voice was struggling and felt quieted on many levels--creat... Continue Reading
Full Moon in Taos, New Mexico Creative Travel

New Mexico & the Dusty Spots of the Creative Life

I recently returned from a solo trip through New Mexico, a sort of creative pilgrimage. Every so often, my husband Carl and I go on separate adventures to learn, write, and just be in our own rhythm for a week or two. This time, I made it to Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe, places that have been calling to me for a handful of years. It seems common these days to go on a trip, especially of the pilgrimage variety, and come home with a suitcase of jewels (stories, ideas, connections) to ... Continue Reading

New Poem in Hermeneutic Chaos

I'm grateful to Hermeneutic Chaos for including a poem of mine in their July issue, which came out this week. The best part of publishing in literary magazines is the surprise of meeting the other voices your work gets placed with... I think this issue is especially lovely for how the poems and stories work together. It almost feels like we were writing a chapbook together. I'm also becoming more and more partial to litmags that support audio recordings of the work. In this case, the ... Continue Reading
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Writing as Advocacy

Writing takes so many forms. Sometimes it's a joyful and personal practice. Sometimes it's a letter to a loved one. Sometimes it's a story that cracks open a new world. And sometimes writing is a tool for change. I'm thinking about that last one in the wake of another police shooting. I haven't always been sure about my relationship to writing as advocacy, even though I worked in social change for a long time. When you're at the table with people trading money, influence, and political ... Continue Reading