A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

Some rejections are harder to shake, often because we were that close to an acceptance.

Carve Staff Recommendations: What to Read in the New Year

Carve Staff Recommendations: What to Read in the New Year

Below are some of our staff favorites, the best books we read in 2016.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Elizabeth Cook

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Elizabeth Cook

"In this essay, my limited understanding of the internet means that Google becomes the mystical made prosaic. I don’t understand Google, and maybe I fear it, but the search engine is like an external self or a communal self without a body." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Sasha West

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Sasha West

"I think all loss has an echo and an endlessness."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Newhouse

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Newhouse

"I think as a society, we're always trying to be useful, to be helpful, but so often, our loved ones — in whatever ways they are suffering — just want to know they're not alone. True presence is courageous."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kathryn Smith

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kathryn Smith

"The relationships between animals can seem quite savage when viewed up close. They become even more savage when a child is also watching and asks why."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Connie Pan

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Connie Pan

"The tricky part of writing, for me, is discovering a proactive balance of solitude and community and finding time to write while working to sustain my dream life."

How to Write Fiction that Matters

How to Write Fiction that Matters

Great fiction — like a good roux — relies on subtlety, complexity, and a long, low simmer to succeed.

Review of Invisible Men by Eric Freeze

Review of Invisible Men by Eric Freeze

Invisible Men is an invitation to look into the hearts of characters who feel alone. 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kallie Falandays

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kallie Falandays

"I do believe in the power of the image, and I think an immense amount of blossoming can occur between two images."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Patrick Kindig

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Patrick Kindig

"If you only read one writer, you’ll write things that sound like that writer. If you read a variety of writers you’ll produce work that’s both more idiosyncratic and more interesting."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor LaTanya McQueen

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor LaTanya McQueen

"One piece just sort of reminded me of another piece, which connected to another one. For me that tends to be how it goes."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José Araguz

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José Araguz

"I have learned to talk about it in terms of syllabics and measures, but really I’m that kid, engrossed, lost in words for hours."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Joe Woodward

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Joe Woodward

"For me, good poems are written from the true self, through the self."

How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

Don’t be the person who reads it on their phone. Too many things can go wrong, and it’s distracting to watch someone repeatedly unlock the screen when it goes dark or constantly zoom in when they can’t see the tiny print.

Review: The Art of Perspective by Christopher Castellani

Review: The Art of Perspective by Christopher Castellani

“There is no more important decision the writer makes than who tells the story..."

How to Revise Before You Begin

How to Revise Before You Begin

A lot of the work of revision comes in the process of evaluating the rhythm of the sentences themselves, but if you’re reading the words out loud as you compose them, you’ll hear the false notes right away.

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

Let’s be honest: Writing is hard. And because of that, it can sometimes be a struggle to make ourselves do it.

Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

As we enter deep summer, we’ve taken a fresh look at the books grabbing the attention of the editors and staff of Carve right now.

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

"I deeply love my character in this collection, and terrible things happen to her, but I have the power to help her get out of her situation. I can write her way, and my way, out of despair."