Inspiration Category

Winner of This Week’s Book Giveaway: Family Trouble

This week’s book giveaway for a copy of Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family garnered lots of interest. It is evident that this is a hot topic for nonficiton writers. I wish I had copies to give to everyone who entered the giveaway. Wouldn’t it be fun to be Ellen or […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Chelsea Biondolillo

Today’s featured writer: Chelsea Biondolillo The featured writing: “Lovesong” published at Diagram. I met Chelsea a year ago when I took one of her generative creative nonfiction workshops online through Apiary Lit and then met her in person during lunch with a small group of badass women essayists during the AWP conference in Minneapolis. Through this interaction, […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer John Proctor

Today’s featured writer: John Proctor The featured writing: “Meditating Underwater” published at Atlas & Alice. John Proctor—not that John Proctor, as he notably distinguishes himself (via his website address) from The Crucible‘s hard-on-his-luck character—is a fellow graduate of mine from Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in creative nonfiction) and an editorial colleague at Hunger […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Penny Guisinger

Today’s featured writer: Penny Guisinger The featured writing: “Marriage” and “Marriage Two” published at Bluestem, excerpts from Penny’s new book Postcards from Here, a semi-finalist for the Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award published by Vine Leaves Press (February, 2016), available in paperback and as an ebook.  When I received my copy of Postcards from Here in the […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Poet & Renaissance Woman Elizabeth J. Coleman

Today’s featured Poet: Elizabeth J. Coleman The featured poem: “One Way of Looking at Grace” published at Per Contra: An International Journal of the Arts, Literature, and Ideas. While my focus here on The Sunday Spotlight is to feature new and emerging writers, and technically with two chapbooks, two full poetry collections, and a work […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer & Critic Michele Filgate

Today’s featured writer: Michele Filgate The featured writing: “Possessed” published at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. I’m thrilled to feature Michele Filgate and her gorgeous essay “Possessed” today. This is a bit of a gamble because Michele’s essay is published in the print edition of the literary journal Gulf Coast out of the […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Suzanne Farrell Smith

Today’s featured writer: Suzanne Farrell Smith The featured writing: “Listing to Love” published at Pank. Okay, prepare yourselves. This is going to be a gush-fest. And I’m not sorry about it in the least. In honor of Valentine’s Day and this week’s featured essay “Listing to Love,” I’ve compiled a short list on what I […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Melissa Matthewson

Today’s featured writer: Melissa Matthewson. The featured writing: “As Snow Designs” published at The Bellingham Review. I live in a small, rural town, so in order to fulfill my literary cravings and needs, I rely upon social media to keep connected. While having that online access is great, interacting with people virtually is definitely a […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Kelly Thompson

Today’s featured writer: Kelly Thompson The featured writing: “Hand Me Down Stories” published at Proximity Magazine. I met Kelly Thompson last year at AWP in Minneapolis when I visited my friend, Christy Bailey, in her highrise Hilton suite. It was late, and the room was full of people because Christy, being very ill with cancer, had […]

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Introducing “The Sunday Spotlight” First up: Writer Cathy Bell

Last week, I read a snarky article on the Huffington Post on the “7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook.” The author dissected nearly every possible type of Facebook post and categorized them into five types: image crafting, narcissism, attention craving, jealousy inducing, and loneliness. The author’s views were so negative and constraining that I found […]

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