26 April 2012

online finds: resources for writers 4/26

Today is the first Online Finds Thursday. On Thursdays, you can expect to find quotes for writers from writers, as well as other resources, video clips, interviews, and more. I hope you enjoy!

Here are this week's "Finds":

Two-for-One: Poem In Your Pocket Day is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets (which, by the way, is a great resource and celebrates its 16th birthday online this month). The Academy is the birth-mother of National Poetry Month, first inaugurated in 1996, which earns AAP a lot of gratitude from yours truly! Initially celebrated in New York in 2002, PIYP went national in 2009. PIYP is easy to celebrate: simply carry a poem in your pocket, and find ways to share poems with your friends all day!  
Looking for new ideas for this year's celebration? Check out these ten ways to celebrate

Is Poetry Still Possible?, by Eugenio Montale. Montale gave this Nobel lecture on December 12, 1975, after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his lecture, the Italian poet discusses his unease regarding the role of poetry and art in modern society, particularly when the world and the societies within it were constantly changing. While Montale seemed greatly wary of this constantly changing world, he was also quite the opposite when it came to poetry, which he insisted "must resist time." It's well worth reading to get a sense of where poetry has been, and how it continues to be possible in today's society.

On February 18, 2012, Saturday Night Live, hosted by Maya Rudolph, had me and millions of viewers rolling with a Maya Angelou Prank Show sketch. In the sketch, "Angelou" pranks many of her esteemed colleagues--including Morgan Freeman and Cornell West--on a prank show titled "I Know Why the Caged Bird Laughs." Don't worry--her pranks are not an act of malice: they are "an act ... of whimsy."

Finally, this is just another reminder to check out the Rejection Letter Generator courtesy of The Stoneslide Corrective. According to TSC, the Rejection Generator "rejects writers before an editor looks at a submission" in an attempt to help "writers take the pain out of rejection." I gave it a shot, and let me tell you from experience: no rejection letter will ever sting more than the one this generator came up with! I won't tell you exactly what it said--though I will say it involved a public reading ... and a shredder--but I will say that it's a pretty hilarious way to "ease the pain" of any other form rejection you'll ever receive!

Happy writing!

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  1. Dear Khara House,

    Thank you for suggesting the Rejection Generator Project. This is the first time I've heard of something available online like it. What a great exercise in toughening up before the real ones arrive. :)

    You've got a nice call to action by the way. Did you design that before/during Robert's challenge?

    1. Lauren, it's amazing! And the rejections they generate as just hilarious enough to take away the sting of how harsh they are, ha-ha!

      As for the call to action, I did it during Robert's challenge. I did the call in response to one of the challenges on MNINB, and I actually "commandeered" the linking to other relevant posts from Robert, too :-) I really love both.


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