July 25, 2019

Writer Identify Crisis

By Laura Maylene Walter

In an email to my writing friends, I admitted that sometimes I don’t feel like a writer anymore, that I’m slacking off and not doing any actual work. I said […]

July 22, 2019

Thrown to the Weeds

By Laura Maylene Walter

Last Sunday, I picked wild black raspberries in my backyard. The berries were tiny, dark, and prickled with miniscule seeds. Sweet. As I plucked berries from the bush, I thought […]

October 27, 2018

Drafts, Part I: Revision Resistance

By Laura Maylene Walter

On October 20 I attended Cleveland Drafts, a daylong literary festival that snaked its way through a bookstore, a gallery, and three bars in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The event was […]

October 13, 2018

Where’s Papa going with that axe?

By Laura Maylene Walter

As part of my work at Cleveland Public Library, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa Sweet, the author and illustrator of Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White. Sweet […]

September 26, 2018

When the First Draft Isn’t the First

By Laura Maylene Walter

In the days before heading off to a writing retreat with some friends, I rushed to complete the first draft a new short story. Once I’d written to the end […]

September 3, 2018

Writing Is Thinking

By Laura Maylene Walter

Years ago, one of my writing acquaintances (we’ll call her B.) was working on her first novel when she received a suggestion from her instructor to be more specific about […]

July 31, 2017

On Process and Wholeness

By Dora Malech

In my last post, a quote from Emerson reached me at just the right moment in my own life. In looking into the quote’s context in Emerson’s journals, I found […]

September 14, 2016

The Victor Dog

By Dora Malech

My husband recently inherited an old Victrola from his maternal grandparents. It’s perfectly maintained; lift the lid and wind the crank and drop the needle on one of the thick records […]

April 21, 2016

Form and “What We Know of Horses”

By Dora Malech

It was mesmerizing to hear Reginald Dwayne Betts read “What We Know of Horses,” the final poem from his most recent collection, Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015), to […]