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Winter Wheat 2017: Fiction Panel Features

Are you a fiction writer and attending the 2017 Winter Wheat conference? Here is just a taste of the wonderful fiction panels we have planned!   “Beginnings. Where and How Does Your Story Start?” with Brad Felver This session will aim to differentiate between strong story openings and weak ones. What makes one compelling and...

Winter Wheat 2016: Fiction Panel Features Part II

Fiction galore! Here’s some more fiction-focused panels at this years Winter Wheat! “The Kitchen Sink, the Teaspoon: Telling It All vs. Telling Barely Enough,” with Brad Modlin When should writing go maximalist and pack itself full with details, complexities, chewy sentences, asides, long paragraphs, regret from high school days, and nostalgia for the tangerines your...

Winter Wheat 2016: Poetry Panel Features Part II

  Our poetry panel features continues with these 5 great workshops that you can attend at Winter Wheat! “From Lyric to Lebowski: Writing the Pop Culture Poem,” with Donora Hillard What does it mean to write a “good” pop culture poem? How can poets use pop culture to access elements of love, anxiety, misery, hope?...

Winter Wheat 2016: Poetry Panel Features

The Winter Wheat Festival of Writing is just around the corner! We have dozens of great and intriguing panels for you to attend, from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, publishing, techniques, and new ideas for your own writing. Are you a poet or just love poetry? Take a look at these 5 panels that are poetry-focused:  ...

Spotlight on Coral Nardandrea

Mid-American Review would like to feature Winter Wheat Festival of Writing Coordinator and poetry editor, Coral!  Coral Nardandrea hails from Ocala, Florida, a small horse town landlocked in a state known for its oceans, swamps, and glades. She got her undergraduate degrees in creative writing and women’s studies, which complemented each other more than you’d...

Chapbook Review: Candy in Our Brains by Anne Barngrover and Avni Vyas

Candy in Our Brains by Anne Barngrover and Avni Vyas. Missoula: CutBank Books, 2014. Anne Barngrover and Avni Vyas recently collaborated to co-author Candy in Our Brains, a humorous and raw take on life and relationships told through a collection of poems. Full of unlikely combinations, and using a series of poems following “the heroine,”...

Pets with MAR: Chloe and Lucy

Welcome back to Pets with MAR. Meet two adorable cats, Chloe and Lucy, owned by our Winter Wheat Coordinator and editor on the poetry staff, Coral Nardandrea. Her fellow MFAs designated her a crazy cat lady even though she only has two cats. (And a cat pillowcase. And a cat blanket. And a cat wine rack.)...

Chapbook Review: The White Swallow by Anna Kovatcheva

The White Swallow by Anna Kovatcheva. Los Angeles, California: Gold Line Press, 2015. 52 pages. $10.00, paper. Anna Kovatcheva’s The White Swallow was the winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Competition. Broken into five sections, The White Swallow explores the complexities of fulfilling expectations and the sacrifices one makes to take care...