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Featured Artist: Matt Christiansen

Featured Artist: Matt Christiansen

Featured Artist: Matt Christiansen

Featured Artist: Matt Christiansen

Patricia Budd

“Poetry requires that you clarify your emotional responses to experiences, real or imagined. Poetry in some ways simplifies this complicated process. You can choose to use or omit details as you build to the emotional “truth” you wish to convey. This is true for any kind of writing. Check your facts, sure – but you are not a court reporter at a life-or-death trial. Your tools reside right there in your own flesh.”

Michael Chin

“As anyone who reads ‘The Leo Burke Finish’ will surely recognize, wrestling is integral to my life. I had a friend and old workshop partner who had watched wrestling as a teenager and may have said it best–when you’re invested in this world, you don’t so much watch it as live it, because this particular brand of entertainment, for its genre-bending qualities (is it a sport? a reality show? complete fiction?) all but demands immersion from its true fans. ”

Susan Pagani

“With essays, I try to look at the situation and the characters (myself, other people, a goose) with empathy and humor. I say try because, if there’s conflict involved, in the moment and sometimes for a long time after, empathy can be a hard business — the other person is just bad and wrong and the situation is not funny. Time seems to make it easier to see the shades of a thing and my own missed opportunities and failings.”

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