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Concerning Craft: Five writing archetypes

Kelechi Nwankwoala is a junior studying creative writing and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University. His work has been published in the Apprentice Writer, Crooked Teeth Magazine, and J-magazine. He hopes to one day have a burrow of his own. Kelechi’s poem “2019 Unrest” appears in our Summer 2020 issue and was a finalist in […]

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Concerning Craft: Finding another way into the experience

Susan Okie is a poet, physician, and former Washington Post medical reporter. She received her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2014. Her chapbook, Let You Fly, was a finalist in Finishing Line Press’ New Women’s Voices Contest and was published in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and […]

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Writing from the heart, shaping it into art: How memoir evolves into prose

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the end of Desirée Magney’s tenure as publisher of the Little Patuxent Review, we’re republishing her advice to memoir writers. There’s still time to submit your own memoir or personal essay to LPR–we’re accepting submissions through March 1. LPR’s publisher, Desirée Magney, offers some insight on writing narrative and […]

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Concerning Craft: On Sculpting a Story

Karolina Wilk has an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in the Susquehanna Review, PennUnion, Maryland Life Magazine, and the Potomac Review blog, where she is an associate editor in fiction. She was a finalist in the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and a quarter-finalist in the Nimrod 2016 Literary Awards. She works as a […]

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Concerning Craft: Ode to the World Before Climate Change

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C., and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Paper Darts, […]

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