June 1, 2014

Ancient Shadows Editor’s note:  Winter was an endurance test this year. We are due for a bit of summer pleasure – words that spice the afternoon heat; mind treks for lazy days. When Claire Day read this piece in writing workshop, it inspired thoughts of “summer reading” and the Virtual Clubhouse.  In the spirit of summer Read More

May 1, 2013

Tightly Structured and Wildly Thought  Interview with Celia Jeffries   Guest Blogger:  Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent    .Celia Jeffries is a writer, teacher and editor whose published memoir pieces tackle subjects ranging from group therapy to breast cancer, through forms that include narrative, flash nonfiction and collage essay. From 2011-2013 Celia served with the Read More

April 1, 2014

My Inner Critic and I… . Guest Blogger:  Linda M. Rowland-Buckley . I love to sit at my desk and watch words fall onto the page and into the mouths of my characters. The dialog between them grows and their conversations expand until I have a complete story. Then the questions arrive:  What do I Read More

March 1, 2014

An Interview with Michael White Guest Blogger: Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent  . Michael White is the author of six novels and a collection of short stories.  A two-time finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, he has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the National Magazine Award. His novel, A Brother’s Blood, was a New York Read More

February 1, 2014

  A Note from Missy Wick, Blog Editor . For people like me – a digital immigrant, born and raised in the land of paper, white out pencils, and Correcto type – the migration to the Internet has been both daunting and thrilling. In truth, I do not miss all the old country ways. I Read More

January 1, 2014

 An Interview with Naila Moreira Guest Blogger: Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent    Naila Moreira is a writer and journalist living in western Massachusetts.  Her journalism and nature essays have been published in The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, The Common Online, Science News, and other venues.  She works at Smith College as a writing Read More

December 1, 2013

Who Knew an Annual Meeting Could Be So Magical? Guest Blogger: Patricia lee Lewis . What I loved most about the Straw Dog Members party was the way each person walking through the front door of Jacqueline Sheehan’s wonderful home discovered that what seemed, from the outside, to be a tiny, fairytale farmhouse quickly became the Marvelous Expanding House Read More

November 1, 2013

30 Poems in November! Guest Blogger: Becky Jones as I first learned of what was originally called “30 Poems in 30 Days” from an e-mail invitation in the early fall of 2009.  It came from then-Poet Laureate of Northampton, Lesléa Newman, who explained the project she envisioned: one poem a day for a month, with Read More

Guest Blogger: Ellen Meeropol

Writing on the Fault Lines   I believe that literature can contribute hugely to positive social change. That stories and poems and essays and theater can illuminate injustice, open minds, and inspire us all to work to transform in our world. My favorite writers—like Kamila Shamsie and Paule Marshall, Rosellen Brown and Sadie Jones—position their Read More

September 9, 2013

An Interview with Jean Zimmer Guest Blogger Sarah Feldman as Straw Dog Newsletter caught up with Jean Zimmer during a family camping trip to Cape Cod. Guest blogger Sarah Feldman interviewed her about her upcoming Craft Workshop, Grammar for Dummies and/or Writers. as Sarah: I am interested in the wide variety of forms in which Read More