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An interesting older blog post with commentary on novels in the present tense: pro, con, and practical ("...the story chooses the tense...")


The latest issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers, (Issue # 190) is now online with reviews of Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods plus books by Deborah Clearman, Octavia Butler, Anthony Doerr, Christopher Janus, Karen Armstrong, and more. Reviews and articles by Phyllis Moore, Ed Davis, Donna Meredith, Dream Frisk, Rita Quillen, Eddy Pendarvis and others! Take a look!


See my story in the new anthology of literature from West Virginia: Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods


It's National Poetry Month! Sign up for poem-a-day. This is one month when it's good to do a few lines....

Here's more to do:

  • A favorite Shakespeare monologue:

    Clarence's speech from Richard III:
    (not pleasant, but gorgeous for all that)
    Methoughts that I had broken from the Tower,
    And was embark'd to cross to Burgundy;
    And, in my company, my brother Gloucester;
    Who from my cabin tempted me to walk
    Upon the hatches: thence we looked toward England,
    And cited up a thousand fearful times,
    During the wars of York and Lancaster
    That had befall'n us. As we paced along
    Upon the giddy footing of the hatches,
    Methought that Gloucester stumbled; and, in falling,
    Struck me, that thought to stay him, overboard,
    Into the tumbling billows of the main.
    Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown!
    What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears!
    What ugly sights of death within mine eyes!
    Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks;
    Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon;
    Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
    Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
    All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea:
    Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes
    Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
    As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,
    Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,
    And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
  • Beautiful audio version of Wordsworth's "Daffodils"
  • Poem about organizing and the human of political movements.
  • A poem of what a mirror sees and has seen by Gail Mazur.
  • Poem of comfort in desolation, by Ellen Bass
  • Here's a wonderfully heavy yet surprisingly uplifing poem by Emilia Phillips with lonely people in restaurants and a dead dream horse.
  • More poetry: a series of anti-Keystone pipeline poems by one of my favorite professors, Karl Patten.  The poems are introduced by Cynthia Hogue.
  • Article (with links to some of her wonderful poems) about Naomi Replansky.
  • Poem about honoring the recently assassinated Americans.
  • A reading from 2001 by Crystal Wilkinson of her poem "Dear Johnny P."


Jami Attenberg on autobiography & fiction:  "Nonfiction, while more 'true' than fiction, is bound by limitations in part because of its responsibility to that sametruth. You can know only so much in nonfiction. But with fiction, you can have it all." I'm not crazy about Attenberg's attitude in this essay, in which she comes across as having an over-developed sense of entitlement, but scroll down and find what Junot Diaz and others say about readers who want to know if fiction really happened.

New issue of The Hamilton Stone Review (no. 36, spring 2017) now online!

Poetry by Chris Abbate, Michael Aird, Bruce Alford, Lisa Bellamy, Tony Beyer, Ace Boggess, Carrie Bond, Michelle Brooks, Richard Cecil, Natalie Crick, Norita Dittberner-Jax, William Doreski, Abigail George, Howie Good, James Grabill, Nels Hanson, Michael Hettich, Alicia Hoffman, Clara B. Jones, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Kristin LaFollette, Allie Longn Kevin J.B. O’Connor, Al Ortolani, Roger Pfingston, Daniel Pravda, Zack Rogow, Terry Savoie, Barry Seiler, D.E. Steward, Lynn Strongin, Tim Suermondt, Ben Swimm, Pepper Trail, Lisa Zimmerman; Fiction by Ellen Conley, Troy Hill, Halvard Johnson, Lynda Schor, and Jane Stark; Nonfiction by Edward Myers. 

Writers and others: Do you have a website? Here are some resources on my Resources for Writers Page on making one or choosing someone to make one for you.

Teachers & Writers Magazine online republished an article of mine on teaching middle schoolers to write long stories and novels. You may also see the .pdf file of the article here.

How Virginia Woolf uses the omnisicent point of view.

My interview with my former student Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, is now online at the NYUSPS Center for Applied Liberal Arts blog.

MSW' s upcoming appearances

Blog entry about this image.

Updated Biography  of Meredith Sue Willis--including an old news photo from 1968 when I was part of the anti-war sit-ins at Columbia University.

Updated Information on bringing Meredith Sue Willis to your book group, library, or school.




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Meli's Way is now an e-book for Kindle and other formats!
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