The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Painting, Letters & Displacement

Friday, March 20, 2020

Write an abecedarian after Evie Shockley’s “tonight i saw” poem. Focus on an image that inspires you. Depict 26 thoughts, feelings, and sensations that follow the sight and/or thought of this image...

Inspiration in the Everyday

Friday, March 13, 2020

People often think of writing as a mystical exercise: A writer sits down in solitude and selects a pen, smooths a sheet of pristine paper, and spills out prose or poetry from a place of secret...

On the Art of Exercising Words into Poems

Friday, March 6, 2020

Like how the moon has many phases and faces, the poet too has fluctuating moments of creativity. So, whenever a low tide comes to shore and poems need to be written, writing prompts become a go-to...

Three Writer’s Block Cures

Friday, February 28, 2020

Have you ever just stared at a blank Word document or notepad and the ideas just won’t come? This is the first stage of writer’s block, that moment when a writer feels like they have exhausted all...

Holding Space

Friday, February 21, 2020

This is my space. It's where I write. Where I create and destroy. Where I pace back-and-forth in front of my computer, my notebook, my tea. Where I look out my window at the winseome woman across...

Young Adult Books Are the Best

Friday, February 14, 2020

Young Adult books are the best. The. Best. So I just want to talk about some delightful/powerful/horrifyingly awesome Young Adult reads from the past couple of years....