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On Spoken Word Poetry

To go with our spoken word poem VIDEO this week (“Transition to the Real World,” by Terese Mason Pierre), Poetry Reader Justin muses on the form, reflecting on what it’s like to find your own voice amidst noisy others…and find a community as well.

[…] The first time Dad commanded me to read, I naturally begin to do so quietly to myself, as I had been indoctrinated from all my years of noiseless reading […]

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A woman, a plan, a vacation: GREECE!

Our very own Diana Clark discusses the disappointment she felt on being accepted to a writing program in Greece, then having to decline for financial reasons…. But then, putting her nose firmly to the grindstone for another year, she was able to attain her goal (and, we hope, a tan!).

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NPM Recap from our new Poetry Editor

A little National Poetry Month recap from our excellent new Poetry Editor, Kip Wilson Rechea!

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Prioritizing Writing: A Balancing Act

YARN Reader Diana Clark gives 5 tips for finding the time and space to write in a post-college life crowded with commitments. It’s great advice for aspiring writers of any age!

[…] Since graduating college, I’ve struggled to find time to write. There are no immediate deadlines, no prompts or workshops to guide me in my self-discipline. Up until very recently, I worked fifty-five hours […]

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My Idol’s Trash Can

Kerri gets the trash can of her dreams–the one that Julia Glass threw all her “bad ideas” in!

[…] I screwed up my courage and went over to Julia, stuck out my hand and said, “Hi, I’m Kerri Majors, and I want your trash can.”

Thankfully, she laughed.

And we talked a little. […]

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See You In … April!!

Kerri explains why YARN will take a longer-than-usual break starting this summer.

[…] As usual, as warm June turns to hot July, we are taking a break on publishing new material. This time, though, instead of returning in September, we are going to return in April 2015, reopening for another terrific National Poetry Month, and publishing all the way through Summer 2015! […]

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A Plea for Anna

Kerri thinks Anna is the big hero of Disney’s blockbuster hit, and thinks all the attention paid to Elsa is pretty darn unfair. What do you think?

[…] just like every other preschool parent who was dumb enough to make the music available in her car, I can now sing every single song in my sleep. All this quality time with the story has afforded me many opportunities to reflect on it […]

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Rules, rules, rules!

Of all people, our teen Reader, Rachel Troy, supports a pretty old-school approach to writing. But she still loves Jackson Pollock. FInd out more.

[…] Jack the Dripper broke all the rules and cashed in on the results. But what some forget is that Pollock attended Los Angeles’ Manual Arts High School where he learned basic art skills. […]

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Be Inspired!

Our Poetry Assistant Sarah thinks about what stopped her from writing poetry, and what inspired her to start again. It will DEFINITELY inspire you.

[…] The days and weeks passed. The contest deadline was upon me. And what had I written?

Nothing.

I was at a loss. […]

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When a Writer Becomes a Reader: Lourdes on the Harry-Ron-Hermione debate

[…] However, I wonder: At what point can writers become readers of their own works? […]

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Nostalgic Nancy Drew

Our latest addition to the masthead, high school junior Rachel Troy, gives us some clues about why Nancy Drew remains her fave heroine.

[…] Nancy struck the perfect balance between adventure and safety, so as not to tempt her legions of readers to try crazy things at home. She would stumble upon hidden passageways in old mansions, […]

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