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Every writer experiences their share of creative setbacks, whether it’s an isolated case of writer’s block or a full-on, long-term writer’s rut. While there are plenty of ways to spark that creativity again, like turning to writing prompts or optimizing

Do you ever wish amazing, handpicked poetry collections came right to your door? With poetry entering the growing subscription box craze, this literary fantasy could be your new reality. Look forward to poetry every month and liven up your mailbox

As gender roles continue to shift and conversations about intersectional feminism, equality, and identities outside of the gender binary become more common, masculinity is getting a makeover. The evolving and increasingly diverse nature of what it means to be a

“The medium of podcasting and the personal nature of it, the relationship you build with your listeners and the relationship they have with you—they could be just sitting there, chuckling and listening… there’s nothing like that.”   —Marc Maron    Podcasts can feed our

With July in full swing, fresh poetry prompts are top-of-mind. Whether we are reflecting on celebrations observed in July or considering experiences that mark the season for each of us personally, there is much to draw inspiration from in this

Writing in a poetic style can enhance many aspects of the memoir genre. Like memoir, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “an autobiography or a written account of one’s memory of certain events or people,” poetry benefits from honesty,

Oh, the beach read. The popular literary concept, an emerging genre in itself, has inspired articles in The New Yorker, Book Riot, and Electric Literature. It’s taken over full stands and tables at bookstores. It’s proven to be one of

Poets to remind you to take care of yourself in mind, body, and spirit   Taking care of yourself in mind, body, and spirit is easier said than done. The World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating Self-Care Month throughout July, ramping up

You might not instantaneously think of poetry when you think of musicals. However, these two art forms share an unexpected connection: Both enchant audiences with rhythm, sound, and lyricism. In fact, books and writers have inspired many of today’s most

TC Tolbert pictured above   Now more than ever, there’s a growing awareness that gender falls on a spectrum. According to a new study, more than one million Americans identify as nonbinary, and Merriam-Webster added the singular “they” pronoun to its dictionary

From pandemic reflections to poems that depict protest and unrest, July’s poetry collections speak out on important and urgent topics. If you’re wanting to be moved, inspired, and understood, these five forthcoming collections are likely to have just the right

Looking for a place where you can write more and worry less? A writing retreat might be the perfect vacation for you in 2022. These five writing retreats present an exciting opportunity to explore a new place, meet new people,

Grab your headphones and get ready to indulge in these four musically infused poetry collections. Audiobooks are taking the literary world by storm, providing an efficient, creative, and intimate experience for readers. If those reasons are not already enough to

Note: Glassdoor figures in this article are from June 2021.   If you’re a poet, then chances are many people have asked you how you plan to turn your passion into profit. It turns out that the answer may be more promising

Falling on the 19th of June each year, Juneteenth is a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States—or, more specifically, the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans that occurred in Galveston, Texas in 1865. It is an

As more and more Gen Zers enter into young adulthood, we’re seeing a new crop of ambitious poets join the scene. Studies show that Gen Z is not only the most racially and ethnically diverse generation yet, but they are

As the fifth-largest city in the Midwest, Milwaukee has a lot to offer. The city is known for its expansive art scene, stunning lake views, and—of course—its designation as one of the beer capitals of the world. While visitors will

TikTok continues to grow in both its popularity and influence. According to Hootsuite, the digital community is the seventh most-used social media app—and stood out as the most frequently downloaded throughout 2020. TikTok blends wide-ranging creativity with a global outreach,

“A little muzhik was working on the railroad, mumbling in his beard. And the candle by which she had read the book that was filled with fears, with deceptions, with anguish, and with evil, flared up with greater brightness than

Above image courtesy of Thought Catalog   Raquel Franco’s latest poetry collection, When The Bee Stings, is equal parts honey and sting. It is dripping with nostalgia, raw emotion, and wisdom gained from journeying through life’s ups and downs. Franco’s words seek

Ready to add to your summer TBR list? This season comes with a new crop of exciting debut collections. From Grammy-nominated singers to award-winning writers and journalists, you’re sure to find a new name to add to your favorite poets

A new season brings new opportunities to put your work out there! The process of submitting to contests offers the opportunity to revise your poems, put together a manuscript, and develop your writerly courage and confidence—plus, you just might win

Listening to poetry in audiobook form can be a fantastic way to appreciate some of the genre’s best qualities. In fact, many poetry scholars believe poems are best experienced when read aloud—giving readers a chance to appreciate the art form’s

It’s officially Pride month, the perfect time to commemorate the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on a local, national, and even international level. Pride month is held in June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal event

June marks the end of school and the beginning of summer. It’s an exciting time of year with poetry inspiration around every corner. Whether you’re writing a nostalgic poem about past summers or allowing powerful summer imagery to inspire you,

The summer is heating up, and so is the poetry world. June brings new, posthumous releases from some of poetry’s most beloved voices—including Muriel Rukeyser and John Ashbery—as well as collections from promising debut authors. Whether you’re wanting to read

Widely categorized as the most musical genre, poetry is known for pairing storytelling with sound. From the classic rhyme schemes of Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson’s creative slant rhyme approach, influential poets throughout history have paid attention to the sonic qualities

If you live with social anxiety, you’re far from alone. According to Mental Health America, 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. People with social anxiety may experience enhanced fear of rejection and judgment, as well as physical

If you’re on a journey to improve your poetry, feedback is essential. Whether you’re looking to get published or simply interested in personal growth, a few insightful comments can make a world of difference. However, there is an art to

May marks Jewish American Heritage Month, a special time to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Jewish Americans. Nearly 7 million Americans identify as Jewish—a fact that makes continued representation in literature and poetry important. From Emma Lazarus to Allen