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Talking Creative Nonfiction with Michael Steinberg

Talking Creative Nonfiction with Michael Steinberg

By David Fox   

DF: In your craft essay “One Story, Two Narrators” included in the anthology SolLit Selects, you talk about how many personal essays and memoirs fall short, because they fail to create an internal narrative to accompany the surface-level events. Why do you think that so many aspiring nonfiction writers struggle with this? Also, you give some examples… Read more »


Chatting with Author Elizabeth Gonzalez

Chatting with Author Elizabeth Gonzalez

By Mariya Taher   

MT: Your story “0=1” was the Fiction First Runner-up for SolLit Magazine’s  Annual Lit Contest in 2013. Now the story appears in SolLit Selects: Diverse Voices, the magazine’s first print anthology. Congratulations! Could you tell us what inspired you to write this story? EG: The story was inspired by experience, and in fact is so close to… Read more »


A Conversation with José Skinner

A Conversation with José Skinner

By Mariya Taher   

MT: Your short story “The Edge” is included in SolLit Selects: Diverse Voices, the magazine’s first print anthology. Congratulations! Could you tell us what inspired you to write this story?  JS: I’m fairly sure Russell Banks’s “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story” was the initial inspiration for “The Edge.” It’s been many years since… Read more »


An Interview with Last Year’s Nonfiction Contest Winner, Mary Collins

An Interview with Last Year’s Nonfiction Contest Winner, Mary Collins

By Amy Yelin   

Your essay “The Coverless Book” won our nonfiction contest last year and is also included in SolLit Selects: Diverse Voices –our first print anthology. It’s a beautifully crafted essay in which you explore your brother Daniel’s death, which followed a number of suicide attempts, by using excerpts from a notebook of his you found after… Read more »


Find us at #AWP15!

Find us at #AWP15!

By Amy Yelin   

Your Guide to All Things SolLit at #AWP15! Visit us at booth 409 at the bookfair with our friends from Talking Writing! We’ll be selling copies of our brand new anthology SolLit Selects:Diverse Voices. Thursday April 9 4 to 6pm Kiernan’s Irish Pub Poet’s Corner, 85 6th Street New Rivers Press Book Launch & Readings Come hear… Read more »


Foreign Text in English Writing

Foreign Text in English Writing

By Kristyn Bacon   

Since I’ve started traveling and living abroad, I’ve developed a growing appreciation for foreign words in English text. While I enjoy the occasional italicized vocabulary, I love reading sentences and dialogue in a foreign language, even one that I don’t understand. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway practiced this regularly in their work. Both lived and… Read more »


Five Questions for Richard Hoffman: On Memory, Race and Family

Five Questions for Richard Hoffman: On Memory, Race and Family

By Lee Hope   

The following is a conversation between SolLit Editor in Chief Lee Hope and Nonfiction Editor Richard Hoffman. Richard  is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections, Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem. A fiction… Read more »


The Rewards of Re-Reading Body Bereft

The Rewards of Re-Reading Body Bereft

By Laura Eppinger   

2015: My Year of Re-Reads Every year I try to read 52 books in 52 weeks. This has been my New Year’s Resolution for more than a decade, and most years, I’ve kept it. I love to devour fiction and poetry, and so far, I have read something new each week. This year, however, I… Read more »


Writing, Reading and the Art of Connection

Writing, Reading and the Art of Connection

By Mariya Taher   

There is a belief that writing is a solitary act and in moments, I don’t disagree that it is. There are many times, as a writer, where I have had to shut myself off from the rest of the world and delve deep inside my mind to pull out the words that were bouncing around… Read more »


Are we Doomed? The Risks of Writing about Family

By Amy Yelin   

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is doomed,” -Czesław Miłosz   I write a lot about family, my father in particular. You might say I’m obsessed with him. Not in the way I was obsessed with him as a child, when I was a daddy’s girl. Then he was simply larger… Read more »


Recognizing African American Writers for Black History Month

Recognizing African American Writers for Black History Month

By Lee Hope   

In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to share the work of many celebrated African American and Black authors who have contributed to our magazine over the years. We thank you for your voice, your work, and your willingness to share your pieces with us.   Contributors to Solstice  (alphabetical order by first… Read more »


One Question and The Power of Words

One Question and The Power of Words

By Mariya Taher   

There is no denial that for a writer, words are the strongest tool in our possession. We have a kinship with language and the words we use to describe our feelings and thoughts. We understand the weight of words, the difference, sometimes subtle, between similar words such as hit and strike, or lean and thin.… Read more »


“America is not the Final Word:” An Interview with Diana Abu-Jaber

By Theri Pickens   

Diana Abu-Jaber’s has been heralded as a writer that “gets it just right” and whose work “leaves readers breathless” (DianaAbuJaber.com). This well-deserved praise comes as the result of her award-winning style, captured in one food memoir, The Language Of Baklava (2007), and four novels: Arabian Jazz (1993), Crescent (2003), Origin (2007), and Birds of Paradise… Read more »


Reality TV (and free critiques) For Writers

By Amy Yelin   

Whenever we can, we like to bring you news of helpful resources for writers, and here’s an innovative resource we just learned about: Writer’s Infusion is an internet show designed  to bring the experience and support of a writer’s group to the writing community, for free. It’s the the brainchild of Susan Zall (that’s her… Read more »


Who are the Muses?

Who are the Muses?

By Leonard Kress   

  Who but the Maenads, repentant, clothed, and in their right minds. (from Jane Harrison, Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion)   For a long time I’ve been searching for a way to describe my own poetic process that also explains what takes place inside me when I read certain poems. As far as… Read more »


The Undergrad Writer: Oh, So You Want to be a Teacher?

The Undergrad Writer: Oh, So You Want to be a Teacher?

By Cassandra Capewell   

Being an English major combines many of the things in life that I enjoy deep down to my core: I love reading, which is nice because most of my assignments are lengthy portions of text. I love writing, both creatively and academically, so hunkering down to bang out an eight-page paper, if I have enough… Read more »


Why I Love Author Interviews

Why I Love Author Interviews

By Amy Yelin   

Yesterday I got a letter from AWP attempting to win me back as a Writer’s Chronicle subscriber (I have no excuse except that I forgot to renew). Inside the envelope was a solicitation letter. And this bookmark:   My first thought upon reading this bookmark was: Right on Joan! Potential bottomless pit of potential humiliation!… Read more »


7 Questions: An Interview with Marianne Leone

7 Questions: An Interview with Marianne Leone

By Amy Yelin   

Marianne  Leone’s essay “The Official Story” is a Featured Nonfiction piece in the fall issue. She is an actress, screenwriter, and essayist. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Bark magazine, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. She had a recurring role on HBO’s The Sopranos and has appeared in films by John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, Nancy Savoca, Michael… Read more »


The UnderGrad Writer: On Vulnerability and The Workshop

The UnderGrad Writer: On Vulnerability and The Workshop

By Cassandra Capewell   

The Writers’ Workshop is one of the most important lessons in writing. Workshops are designed to offer writers an array of critiques in order to improve a specific piece. Most college programs, to some extent, incorporate a workshop aspect. As I mentioned in my first blog post, when I initially walked into a class called… Read more »


On Flash Nonfiction, and Judith Kitchen

On Flash Nonfiction, and Judith Kitchen

By Amy Yelin   

I recently read that Judith Kitchen passed away from cancer. I didn’t know Judith personally; we’d never even met. I discovered her via the flash nonfiction anthologies she created and edited, with the aptly named titles:  In Short, In Brief and Short Takes. I fell hard for the flash nonfiction form when my friend Janet introduced me… Read more »


It Takes as Long as it Takes: On Waiting

It Takes as Long as it Takes: On Waiting

By Amy Yelin   

Once upon a time, when I was a young twenty-something server at a restaurant just outside of Boston, my manager called me into his office. “Amy,” he said solemnly. “I need to tell you something. You’re not the stronger waiter.” “Um, I’m not a waiter,” I corrected him. “I’m a waitress.” Looking back, however, if… Read more »


Headline Poetry

Headline Poetry

By Leonard Kress   

I was driving to work a few weeks ago, listening closely to a news report about the survivalist Eric Frein, who had just murdered a Pennsylvania State Trooper and managed to evade capture by hiding out in the dense forests of the Pocono Mountains. Although hundreds of people were engaged in a desperate and dramatic… Read more »


It’s Raining FREE e-Books! November 5 ONLY!

It’s Raining FREE e-Books! November 5 ONLY!

By Amy Yelin   

Don’t miss this November 5th 24-hour offer to download two new eBooks from SolsticeLit Books for FREE Why are we giving away our books? As a valued reader of Solstice Lit Mag, we know you appreciate artful writing that can probe at the spots we all tend to tuck away. We want to encourage you to… Read more »


The Undergrad Writer: Really Bad Drafts

The Undergrad Writer: Really Bad Drafts

By Cassandra Capewell   

I have a theory about all of those happy writers sitting in coffee shops. All of those happy writers sitting in coffee shops are only happy because they’re doing it wrong. I observed these happy writers often from a long Starbucks line at 8:00am through my yawning eyes, and I never once thought I could… Read more »


Ready to get your blog on?

Ready to get your blog on?

By Amy Yelin   

I am! As the new Managing Editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, I’m thrilled to be running the SolLit Blog. Each week my aim is to inform, engage and inspire you with good reads about writing craft, writing process, trends in writing and/or literature, author interviews, and perhaps the occasional mini-rant. You can… Read more »