Author Archives: stevehalle77

Lossiness and the Diachronic Instance: Thinking through Google’s Deletion of Dennis Cooper’s The Weaklings Blog

In late June, Google deleted writer Dennis Cooper’s blog The Weaklings (and his Gmail account that includes literary correspondence) without explanation. Electric Literature is the latest of several outlets to cover  Google’s as-yet-unexplained action, which is tantamount to intellectual property … Continue reading

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AWP 2015 Minneapolis Bests

All my gossip & awards from #AWP15 in a Convenient Best-Of List! Best Offsite Event: Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading (Organizers: Tim Jones-Yelvington, Molly Gaudry, and Adam Atkinson) (Historic!) Best Individual Readers: Julian-Joyelle Assange-McSweeney & the Dead Youth Best Panel: … Continue reading

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Meta-Prompts: Writing Writing Exercises and Writing with Writing Exercises

Writing exercises or prompts are codified, developed, and tested methods to invent or generate new writing or to work on certain elements of craft in writing. Writing exercises or prompts develop in two main ways. First, writing prompts come out … Continue reading

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Collage Techniques for Writers

Background Collage is a technique that cuts up or excerpts parts of other things and reassembles them to create an altogether new whole. It is a technique that is perhaps best known in visual art, but it can also be … Continue reading

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AWP 2014 Seattle Bests

Straight-Up Gossip from #awp14 in Seattle. Best Offsite Event: Action Books/Dorothy, A Publishing Project at Rendezvous/Jewel Box Theater with Joyelle McSweeney, Niina Pollari, Amina Cain, Don Mee Choi (reading Kim Hyesoon’s ), and C. D. Wright, Forrest Gander, and Valerie … Continue reading

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Today’s Design

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Today’s Design, 12/12

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Design of the Day, 12/11

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Design of the Day, 12/10

I’m going to try to design something new every day. Here is the first installment. I welcome any feedback in the comments.

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The Prescription

’Tis Academe’s pathologie: deeming change for change’s sake necessary. Forsooth, I’ll forswear such insanity, and feasibly wassail fixity, if results hath proved creditworthy.

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ON THE PROLIFERATION OF RAPE-FANTASY PORNOGRAPHY, WHICH IS THE UNITED STATES JUSTICE SYSTEM: r- ape is n- eve- r sex!- y & why & h- ow did assault adopt fantasy stat- us? (((of course, of course the vic- numb w- … Continue reading

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Small Press Activism: The CARLI Patron-Driven Acquisitions Program

I recently made the discovery that many of the small press books of poetry and prose that I might seek out from Milner Library at Illinois State University are in a kind of limbo called the CARLI (Consortium of Academic … Continue reading

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Publications Unit Professional Development Workshop Series: Notes on Professional Networking & Job Offer Negotiating

Professional Networking Networking is the lifelong process of building alliances and surrounding yourself with a community of advocates. It is a way of matching what you know with who you know via means that are effective for you and best … Continue reading

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Publishing Job Resources and Links

I’m working on compiling a list of resources for students about to go on the job market. Any other ideas, links, or resources are appreciated—just add it to the comments stream. Job Listings & Jobs Resource Finders: American Association of … Continue reading

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PUB.UNIT PRESENTS: Joel Craig and Carrie Olivia Adams

On Friday, April 19, Joel Craig and Carrie Olivia Adams will be visiting Illinois State University for the spring PUB.UNIT PRESENTS events. Craig and Adams will be participating in a chat about publishing and editing with students, faculty, and the … Continue reading

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Professional Development Workshop Series, spring 2013

The English Department’s Publications Unit at ISU will be hosting its spring Professional Development Workshop Series on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30–4:30 p.m., during the month of April. Please encourage any interested undergraduates, especially those on the job market or seeking internships, … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing Meme: seer/SUCKER

I was tagged by Ryan Clark for this crazy meme. Mad thanks, although I’m a week late… 1. What is the working title of your next book? “seer/SUCKER” 2. Where did the idea come from for the book? I wanted … Continue reading

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AWP 2013 Boston Bests

Best Offsite Event: I’m So Tired (Makeout Creek, OH NO & Smoking Glue Gun) Best Panel: Embracing the Verb of It: Black Poets Innovating (or Innovative?) (Ruth Ellen Kocher, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Douglas Kearney, Duriel E. Harris) Best Restaurant: YoMa Burmese … Continue reading

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Roxane Gay to Visit Bloomington-Normal/ISU on April 17

The English Department’s Publications Unit is excited to announce Roxane Gay will be visiting campus on Tuesday, April 17, as the first guest of the Pub. Unit Presents series, which, in the spirit of the English studies model of the … Continue reading

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Techno-Dread, pt. 2: Thoughts on the Poetic Stylization of Emotion in the Age of Immediacy

Even though I’ve not written about it in awhile, I’ve been thinking a great deal about techno-dread, especially in relation to affect and the emotion that poem try to create in an age of immediacy where representations of unbridled, if … Continue reading

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Seven Corners (7C), Spoon River Poetry Review (srpr), and Penguin Poets AWP Off-Site Poetry Reading

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Micro Review: The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing

The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing by David Morley (Cambridge University Press, 2007) The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is intended to be a textbook of sorts for beginning creative writing students at the university level, and it offers a … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad: Star Wars Allegory

I read an interview today with Breaking Bad creator and mastermind Vince Gilligan where Gilligan talked about trying to re-make Star Wars in his basement with his brother, and I immediately contrived a Breaking Bad–Star Wars saga allegory that will … Continue reading

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Illinois State University’s Library Kerfuffle

Rancor has taken over the Illinois State University English Department listserv on account of the new dean of the library deciding to do a low-cost revamp of the inadequate and outdated library space by transferring up 40,000 (mostly history) to … Continue reading

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The Poetics of Techno-Melancholy, Part 1

The types of art that I find most engaging are those that include what I would call techno-melancholy or techno-dread. This aesthetic celebrates the possibilities of technology and the post-human-ness, which is a light, airy feeling, and is mitigated by … Continue reading

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