May 30, 2019

The Wow Moment: On the Joys of Teaching

By Ruth Joffre

June 2009. My classmates and I are gathered in a dimly lit room in Rome, where our instructors, Stephanie Vaughn and Michael Koch, lead Cornell’s annual summer creative writing program […]

February 27, 2017

The Autobiography of Anything

By Laura Maylene Walter

As of this writing, I’ve spent the last few days hanging around home nursing a cold. During this time, I’ve listened to This American Life, read from Angela Carter’s Book […]

July 21, 2016

Histories of Our Faces

By Dora Malech

I recently returned home from teaching for two weeks in the Between the Lines program at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in Iowa City. The session in which I taught […]

July 20, 2015

Poetry and Play (Part I)

By Dora Malech

When I was in Amsterdam earlier this summer, the Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga came up in multiple conversations about poetry; more specifically, his 1938 book Homo Ludens: Proeve […]

June 17, 2015

Teach This, Not That!

By Dora Malech

I don’t mean that, of course. Whatever “this” and “that” are, I probably believe in teaching both of them. (This post’s title is really just a silly tongue-firmly-in-cheek reference to a […]

May 30, 2015

Making (and [the Next]) Generation

By Dora Malech

This March, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick, was published under the imprint of “Viking Books for Young […]