"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 March, 2016

Sometimes the Prompt Is a Heartbeat Away

Daily Prompt

Dreamt someone I love brought me a drum, and together we listened to its heartbeat. Make art about a drum, the sound of a drum, the drum as a call to prayer.

my drum

Sometimes the Prompt Has a Certain Ring To It

Daily Prompt

Business-related phone calls alllllllll day longgggggggggggggg.

Make art about a phone call, maybe where a phone call turns into a surprising exchange.


Sometimes the Prompt Is Good Company

Daily Prompt

The pups and I had all kinds of feathered company on our walk this morning. Put me in mind of one of my mama’s favorite poets, John Greenleaf Whittier:

from “What the Birds Said”
“The birds against the April wind
   Flew northward, singing as they flew;
They sang, “The land we leave behind
   Has swords for corn-blades, blood for dew.”
Make art about birds, about flying, about flight, about what the birds said.

Newest Publication! Thanks to the Editors of Birch Gang Review

Thrilled to be included and in such fine company at Birch Gang Review! Thanks and Love to the editors! Great publication! Check em out, y’all! 

Call For Submissions Love! GFT All Year Round!

GFT Press Call for Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

 GFT Press and GFT Presents: One in Four are seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, visual art, and interviews for print and online publication. No submission fees! We’re working to benefit charity through our publication and hope that you will submit your best work! Whether it’s a journey through our priceless existence, a struggle to achieve personal contentment, a heart-wrenching brush with defeat, an intelligent observation on humanity, a deep desire for your voice to be heard, stirring inspiration, or just pure entertainment, we want it and will strive to share it.

GFT website: www.gftpress.com

Sometimes the Prompt Is a Choice

Daily Prompt

Make art about builders or destroyers, about choosing to be one or the other. 

builder destroyer

Monday Must Read: Kate Litterer, Ghosty Boo


tumblr_inline_nu5opjKRpu1repb9q_500Meet Kate Litterer, author of Ghosty Boo, just released from A-Minor Press. Kate received her MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Program for Poets and Writers. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Coconut, The Destroyer, Dusie, Finery, Forklift, Ohio, h_ngm_n, Ilk, inter|rupture, Jellyfish, La Vague, Mistress, NonBinary Review, Phantom Limb, Route Nine Literary Journal, Sixth Finch, Spoke Too Soon, Quaint, the anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation, and the anthologyHysteria. She is pursuing a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she focuses on queer and feminist historiography, butch/femme experience, and archival research. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her two maine coon cats.

Kate’s Website: katelitterer.com

Buy Kate’s Book!

Ghosty Boo


Praise for Ghosty Boo!

Ghosty Boo lives inside of a book by Kate Litterer who lives with “a hard job to hurt out of revolted love.” Poetry is always asking us what is it we’re willing to do, and when we take into our own private worlds what’s sincere and true, fierce and relentlessly unforgiving are we able to ever feel safe again? Ghosty Boo has an answer for that.” -Dara Wier, author ofYou Good Thing

Featured Excerpt in A-Minor Magazine


Read More from Kate Online







Interview at Please Excuse This Poem


Hear Kate Read




Happy Reading!



Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Seeds, and Play, and Rebirth!

Daily Prompt Catch-Up!


My grandmother Miz Pearl always said to plant on Good Friday. I haven’t gotten the garden in yet, but I did put in some basil and some seed potatoes. Seeds of a new season.

Make art about seeds.



Easter gathering with family, and my favorite part was watching my loving generous adult sons play with the baby cousins. Make art about love and gifts across the generations.


Make art about your own resurrection.


Sometimes the Prompt Hurts So Much

Discrimination, df:  treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit:

Make art about discrimination, about enduring discrimination, about surviving discrimination, about conquering discrimination, about eliminating discrimination.


Sometimes the Prompt Is How We Connect

Daily Prompt

Building the first issue of HeartWood 🙂 So excited to be part of bringing these beautiful words out into the world. Thinking about how art lets connect in ways unlike anything else, how it lets us reach across space, across time, across history, and commune with each other.

Communion defined: the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental, emotional, or spiritual level.

Make art about communion. Or about art as communion.


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