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—SIX SMALL POEMS—
After Alexej Jawlensky
by Karen Holden

Young Girl, 1915 by Alexej Jawlensky. Collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California, gift of The Milton Wichner Collection Bequest, 1979. Photograph © 2018 Long Beach Museum of Art.


 

Young Girl, 1915
        by Karen Holden
  
There are eyes upside down
behind my mouth, another brow
beneath my chin. We are all like this:
who we are painted over who we were

Speech silenced, dead to smell
they could not take away our eyes
those reflecting pools in our faces:
            dark mud, red blood, blue sky

Or those curtained, but open still, inside

 

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FIGURE, FOREST GROVE, OREGON. Photo by AUSTIN GRANGER
Figure, Forest Grove, Oregon. Photo by Austin Granger

Boogaloo Too
  by Matthew James Babcock

In the high school cafeteria, I body-locked and sugar-popped to the gap Band’s “Party Train,” whipping up a whooping hullabaloo…
FICTION
Between the Lines by Valda Bailey
Between the Lines by Valda Bailey

Calls from Home
  by Tim Bass

My college roommate stopped going to classes after one week. Kyle lasted through Math 113 on the Tuesday after Labor Day. That afternoon, he slunk back to our dorm, bookless, and flung himself on the bottom bunk.
“Polynomials can lick my log,” he muttered as he toed off his sneakers. “Me and algebra are done.” Continue Reading

 

Mad for ModPo: How the Top-Rated MOOC Makes Poetry Irresistible
Ann Cefola interviews ModPo founder Al Filreis
Coming Soon

Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer Holding Neanderthal Skull Photo by Carolyn Clink
Robert J. Sawyer by Carolyn Clink

Robert J. Sawyer
Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer Shares His Process and Writerly Wisdom Interviewed by Gene Wilburn

“…the tiny, character-driven bits,
the quieter scenes, the epiphanies,
are often what the reader remembers most;
they’re the heart and soul of your writing…”
—Robert J. Sawyer
NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty was inspired to start Chris Baty Studios, which makes posters for writers, after a trip to London, where he found the city covered with incredible posters and signs. Chris said that he comes up with a tagline or concept, then hands it over to his illustrators and designers who transform it into something “a thousand times better than my original idea.”
Chris Baty

Creative Catalyst:
NaNoWriMo founder

Chris Baty talks to SPM

...the impulse to create...waits, patiently, for us to find a way back...For me, it was through NaNoWriMo. However you get back there, it just feels pretty incredible when you arrive.
—Chris Baty
Regi Claire by Dawn Marie Jones
Regi Claire by Dawn Marie Jones

A Wee Bit Supernatural:
Scottish Novelist Regi Claire
Interviewed by Ann Cefola

I tend not to analyze my work because I am a bit superstitious: too much awareness might interfere with my imagination, kill it stone-dead.
 —Regi Claire

—Ryan Cassidy
Cartoons by Thomas Deisboeck

RESOURCE

Book Reviews, Tool Review & Resource, Craft Articles, Craft Books, Links for Writers, Self-Publishing
TOOL REVIEW & RESOURCE
Scapple: The Software You
Didn’t Know You Needed
by Gene Wilburn | online soon
iA Writer's focus mode on iPad.
Distraction-Free Editors
by Gene Wilburn

*italics*
**bold text**

What is Markdown?
by Gene Wilburn

"Markdown is easy to learn and to use. For instance, surrounding text in asterisks *like this* will produce like this in the converted document. To bold text an entry you use two asterisks, e.g. **bold text**. Other attributes are similarly easy.
For those of us who like writing with a minimalist editor, Markdown and MultiMarkdown provide the best of both worlds—plain text with word-processing attributes when needed."
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CRAFT ARTICLES
Jorquera (Albacete) España. Photo by Jorge Villaplana Sanjuan
Jorquera (Albacete) España | Jorge Villaplana Sanjuan
Your Most Important Character
Developing Place in Fiction
by Denton Loving
From ‘Good Enough’ to ‘Amazing’
How to Become a Better Editor of Your Own Work
by Robyn Ryle
A Short Course in Structure
Writing Tips for the Committed Novelist
by Jack Remick
7 Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Robyn Ryle
Kill your darlings.
Make your villains complex.
There is no throw-away dialogue.
Don’t be afraid to try something different.
Know where you’re going.
Explore your characters.
Show versus tell.
Notes on NaNoWriMo
by Margaret Fieland
Small Print Magazine seeks creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, cartoons, craft book reviews, and articles on the craft of writing. Interviews and other writing-related feature articles also considered. We read year-round. NO READING FEES.
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