To blog or not to blog–that is the question, writers. Whether it is nobler to essay than to blog is a serious matter, and not everyone can do it or do it well.Because to do it well, one must face the truth of blogging and accept it: it’s a genre. It has rules. It requires… attention to craft.
Many thanks for the wonderful response to Clockhouse Volume Five–here are a few more excerpts! To learn more about Clockhouse and its contributors, to purchase past and current copies, and to submit work for next summer’s Volume Six, please visit the Clockhouse website (www.clockhouse.net). Excerpts from Volume Five, 2017 from Helene […]
Clockhouse, the national literary journal published by the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College, is extremely pleased to announce the publication of Volume Five and to offer a few excerpts here. We hope you’ll visit the Clockhouse website for a further glimpse of Volume Five contents, to purchase copies, and to find […]
The Progressive has published Goddard MFA faculty member Kenny Fries‘s “A Healing Tree: Remembering Hiroshima” to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing. “A Healing Tree” is adapted from an excerpt from his forthcoming book, In the Province of the Gods, which will be published by University Wisconsin Press in September. “This August 6, some of the […]
Goddard MFA faculty member Jan Clausen‘s essay “Against Literary Nationalism” has been published in Jacobin Magazine. In the essay, based on thoughts from a post on the Goddard MFA blog The Writer in the World , Clausen writes, “Writers in the U.S. must embrace traditions of radical dissent — not American exceptionalism — if they want to resist […]
Goddard MFA alumna Cara Hoffman‘s latest novel, Running, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. In the review, Justin Torres writes, “”Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set a young person adrift. Unlike the runaway heroes of many queer narratives these characters are […]
“This issue celebrates the pain and brilliance in the breaths we take or don’t. See how much time has to offer in the 2016 issue of Clockhouse.” So says Editorial Director Sarah Cedeño in her reflection on what so many wonderful writers contributed to Clockhouse’s Volume Four. Sarah’s “Moments, Lapses, and Spans” feels timely as […]
Goddard College MFAW-VT faculty member Jan Clausen: “I get it. I keep trying to build cathedrals when I should be building yurts.” This comment from an advisee, about her struggle to get annotations down to more manageable dimensions, has stuck with me for years as a witty image for one of the perennial dilemmas of critical writing.
By Richard Panek Two years ago I wrote an essay for another website, lastwordonnothing.com, that I called “Love Story,” and for the opening I paraphrased the opening of the novel of the same name: “What can you say about a fifty-seven-year-old book that has outlived its usefulness? That it was beautiful. And brilliant. And taking up valuable space […]
There is something rotten in Denmark: transforming life, scholarship, and writing toward a more sustainable paradigm —or —you’ve got the craft skills, now what are you going to do with it? By Karen Walasek Anyone alive who is paying attention knows that we are on a crash course toward climate destruction and that the burning […]