Personal Rejection Letter

Join Dan and Kelly--a couple of everyday writers looking for some heat in a cold world--as they discuss the seedy underbelly of the lit life. From our duty as writers in times of trouble to the annoyance of literary magazine reading fees, your hosts have plenty to say.
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Now displaying: July, 2017
Jul 26, 2017

Dan and Kelly wrack their memories to find writers famous for either their horribleness or their kindness. Beneath the various stories lurks a question: to what degree to we reward or punish writers based on who they are and not they've written. Do great writers get away with being assholes? Do extra nice people get away with being mediocre writers? Tune in to find out. 

Jul 19, 2017

Kelly enjoys a reunion with his old friend from graduate school, Marc P: poet, fiction writer, teacher, and publisher of his own small press. Dan adds his wit and verve to a lively chat about the state of literary publishing, complete with practical advice on starting your own small press. 

Jul 12, 2017

Dan and Kelly take on a topic that's been dogging graduate students for millenia (a word my mouth-breathing spellchecker doesn't recognize as the plural of "millenium"). Why does it have to be so fricken confusing? Is it all a big scam, or is there something to be gained from making the reader struggle to keep up? As usual, the boys have more questions than answers, but if you pay attention, you just might learn something anyway. 

Jul 5, 2017

Dan and Kelly share experiences with their favoritest and least favoritest "how to" manuals, trying to get at this vital question: can you learn to write by readings books about how to write? An "AJWilson82" inspired episode.