By Alex Mika Last year, I enrolled in a course, as many irresponsible undergraduates do, not knowing what the hell I was getting myself into. It was called “Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.” Poetry, I knew. Nonfiction, I knew. But creative nonfiction? It felt like a doublespeak term out of some Orwellian, post-truth horror… More What Is Creative Nonfiction?
I had just survived an encounter with a grease fire in my house which had burned off parts of my hair and beard, as well as most of the paint on my door. My friend Dan was with me, and after we both cleaned spilled oil off the floor he waited patiently while I went… More “A Man and His Beard” by Carleton Whaley (2015)
I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Rigoberto Gonzalez April 16th, 2015. Prior to this dinner, I sat, front row, at his reading at the UConn Co-Op (brought to our campus but the Creative Writing Program). He read excerpts of his novels and discussed his experiences through his writings. Non-fiction was… More A Dinner with Rigoberto Gonzalez
Most word-lovers I know, myself included, have the same habit: collecting quotes. Whether it be two lines from a poem or something a professor said in class, taking those words out of context and into one’s own life is important. I’ve been “living” in the same studio space in the UConn art building for a… More The Writing on the Wall
Two years ago, I was in a basic printshop class in the Bishop Center on campus. The major printshop, where most of the intaglio etching, woodblock carving, and lithography happen, is connected to a smaller, more tightly arranged room. The room is full of giant presses, book weights that were taller than I was, and a giant,… More The Art of Letterpress
These ten books, I can say with confidence, have changed my life in some way, and they will probably change your life too. Or, maybe not, because I’m me and you aren’t. But I’m fairly certain that these books will make you think about nonfiction, or English boarding schools, or minimum wage jobs, or Teddy… More Top Ten Nonfiction Books That Will Change Your Life
I never liked kids. My mom loves to tell the story of how, when I was five, I asked where babies come from. After she detailed the process in five-year-old speak, I wrinkled my nose. “Am I going to have to do that?” Don’t get me wrong, I like my own family members. I have… More “Soooo….Do You Want to be a Teacher?”: Lessons Learned from Being an English Major
Call for Nonfiction Submissions/How You Know You’re a Nonfiction Writer 1. You know you’re a nonfiction writer if there are moments you cannot shake. Granted, we all have them. Mine include the night down by the ferry, when I sat beneath the one blinking stoplight at 11 p.m., feet propped on my dashboard, a.c. running. … More Call for Nonfiction Submissions/How You Know You’re a Nonfiction Writer