"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for November, 2015

A Very Special Call For Submissions: HIV Here & Now Project

The HIV Here & Now Project uses poetry and flash prose to advocate for a world without HIV or AIDS.

#hivtest #hivtreat #hivprevent #nohivshame #nohivstigma

Please submit your work to the HIV Here & Now Project!

Details on submission guidelines, as well as suggested prompts, are below.

Please share widely!

Huge thanks and appreciation to Michael H. Broder for his tireless and necessary work with the HIV Here & Now Project!

Poetry and Nonfiction: Visit the website for more details.

Curator Michael Broder writes:

I’m very proud of the variety of poets featured to date on HIV Here & Now Project and grateful to the 180 poets whose work has appeared on the site to date. If you are my friend and a poet, please join them. Write a poem for the site and send it to me via Facebook message, the HIV Here & Now website, or Submittable ( https://indolentbooks.submittable.com/submit)

A lot of my poet friends respond well to prompts.

Here are some to consider:

Write a poem in the voice of an HIV virion (virus)
Write a poem in the voice of a CD4 cell (T-cell) being attacked by an HIV virion
Write a poem about a time you had unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status you did not know
Write a poem about a time you had sex, protected or unprotected, with someone you knew was HIV-positive and how his or her status affected the experience
Write a poem about someone you know who died of AIDS
Write a poem about someone you know who is HIV-positive
Write a poem in your own voice imagining you were just handed an HIV diagnosis
Write a poem in your own voice imagining your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, best friend, beloved teacher, cherished mentor just told you they were HIV-positive

Subscribe and support this project in any way you can, please!


HIV Here & Now Project


Sometimes the Prompt Has Wings

Daily Prompt 

“Angels affect us oft”~John Donne

I’m putting up my first Christmas tree since my husband and brother passed on in 2011. So, I’m a little obsessed right now with making angel ornaments.

Make art about angels.

Monday Must Read! Amy Tudor: Book of Birds, Professor of Bees


amy tudorThis week meet Amy Tudor, whose first collection of poetry, A Book of Birds, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry from Briery Creek Press and was published in 2008. Her second collection, Studies in Extinction, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in early 2016. Her honors and awards include individual artist grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She holds both a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a M.F.A. in creative writing and currently teaches creative writing and interdisciplinary courses in thanatology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Amy is a published essayist, short fiction writer, and photographer, and she is also a working songwriter, with recent collaborations with British artists Mark Chadwick of the Levelers and Jamie Freeman of the Jamie Freeman Agreement.

Buy Amy’s Beautiful Books!

Professor Of Bees


The Secret Museum


Book of Birds


And watch for Amy’s new book, Studies in Extinction, forthcoming from Aldrich Books in 2016!

Read More of Amy’s Amazing Work Online!






Interview at Boxcar Poetry






Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon! 24 New Prompts!

Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon!

Good Morning, Bargain Shoppers! No Lines! No Waiting!

24 New Prompts for our Second Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon! Now posted!

Join us in the Facebook group, and git that write on, y’all!


no black friday

Friday Call for Submissions Love! SLAB, Submissions closing soon!


Submissions close December 1

SLAB WANTS IT ALL, your raise-the-roof, funky creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and text/image pieces. We love flash, too. Reading period: late summer until December 1. All submissions read by bipedal mammals, accompanied by the occasional marsupial.

Samples and more info at slablitmag.org

Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon! New Prompts! Because We’d Rather Be Makers Than Takers!

Just Say No!!!

Okay beautiful writer and artist people!!!!

Tis the month of that devious dubious insidious awful terrible consumerist debacle–Black Friday!

Last year, I just couldn’t stand it anymore, so I started a weekend writing challenge group on Facebook to do my own little bit to fight back against the ickiness of Black Friday shopping! Let’s write instead!

Here’s the FB group, now up to almost 300 people!


Join us to Celebrate the First Year Anniversary of this Crazy-Fight-the-Man-and-Capitalist-Lunacy Anti-Black-Friday-24 Hour Writing Marathon!

Mark your calendars! November 27, 2015 🙂 

There will be 24 new prompts! 

Write! Paint! Draw! Sing! Dance! Make art! Create rather than consume!

And no crazy crowds around to knock you down, tryin to rip that tiger-striped car cover or bullet juicer from your hands!!!



no black friday

Sometimes the Prompt Has to Cook For a Bit

Daily Prompt

❤ Makin Sweet Potato Pie with my daughter today.

Make art inspired by a family recipe.

sweet tater pie 2

Sometimes the Prompt is in Your Own Hands

Daily Prompt
“For she was the maker of the song she sang”~Wallace Stevens
Fighting fall depression, I make things to push back the dark, sewing painting, etc.
Make art about making, about being a maker.


Monday Must Read!

pedersenauthorphotoThis week meet Lynn Pedersen. Lynn’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review,EcotonePoet LoreSouthern Poetry ReviewPalo Alto Review, and Heron Tree. She has two chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu (2014 Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices Series) and Theories of Rain (2009 Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series). A full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in early 2016. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lynn’s website:


Buy books!

Finishing Line Press




Praise for Tiktaalik, Adieu

Science looms large and lives well in Tiktaalik, Adieu. Pedersen’s lovely poems speak for, and to, our ever evolving, rapidly changing natural world, wherein the human animal seeks peace, or simply survival, from “resting place to resting place.” ~ Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walkers

Lynn Pedersen gathers the world into her poems: its classical elements, its intricate patterns, its infinite mysteries. She makes gorgeous lyrics of stars and bone. ~Tania Rochelle, author ofKaraoke Funeral and The World’s Last Bone

Interviews/Reviews of Tiktaalik, Adieu:



Find more Lynn’s works online:

Heron Tree

A Catalog of What We’re Not Meant to See” Heron Tree (2014)


Wilson’s Warbler” Heron Tree (2013)


Cider Press Review

Begin” Cider Press Review (2014)


Eve Paints the Apple Tree” Cider Press Review (2013)


Sometimes the Prompt’s in Bits & Pieces

Daily Prompt

Dreamt and dreamt but can only remember bits and pieces.

Make art about fragments of dreams.

dream fragments

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