Thea Voutiritsas is a Kansas City-based creative writer. In addition to her own blog, she is also a co-creator on The Semi-prose project, a collection of co-authored creative writing. On the side, she reviews manuscripts for poets and screenwriters.

Poetry and classical music have been used for centuries to set a scene, paint an emotion, or evoke a memory. Both have influenced and inspired each other over the years to create historic masterpieces, from Charles Baudelaire and Claude Debussy

With a focus on understanding and healing the pain within, Tanya Markul’s work is equal parts poetry, magic, and medicine. Her first collection, The She Book, was released in 2017. Praised as both tender and fierce, the collection encourages readers

The longest, and sometimes one of the hottest, days of the year marks the beginning of summer: the summer solstice. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice will occur on Saturday, June 20, when the sun reaches its

During times of high stress, instability, and media overload, taking the time to read and meditate on poetry can be a radical act of self-care. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman can remind us how it feels to connect with

As the main energy centers of the body, harmony between our chakras can help us align our mind, body, and spirit. The third eye chakra, which lies in our forehead between the brows, can be thought of as the eye

In the zone, hitting your stride, hyperfocused, nirvana—whatever you call it, the coveted flow state is the feeling when you’re completely immersed in an activity. The conscious mind subsides along with any sense of time and even physical needs. The

You shake your pen and nothing comes out, but it’s not the ink that’s dry—it’s your idea well. If you’re feeling stuck beyond writer’s block, feeling uninspired, or even anxious about writing, you might be hitting a dry spell. Whether

Our favorite poems are ones we return to again and again. Whether we find comfort, joy, solace, or inspiration through that poem, it can be a wonderful reminder to see it each day. If surrounding yourself with words sounds comforting

If you’re new to the poetry scene, the idea of the “poetry community” can sound large, vague, and even intimidating. Rather than imagining yourself as an outsider coming in, imagine yourself as the builder of your own poetry community. Making

With beautiful binding, eye-catching covers, and often heart-stopping poems inside, it can seem a mystery how poetry collections go from an idea inside your favorite poet’s head to a polished book on a shelf near you. For a brief inside