Coming and Going: “The Geometry of Wishes” by Randall Watson

Coming and Going: “The Geometry of Wishes” by Randall Watson Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post in celebration of Randall Watson’s new book with Texas Review Press. Everything has a place and time in life, and then life goes on, right? This is what nature warns us with the changing of the tree leaves.Continue reading “Coming and Going: “The Geometry of Wishes” by Randall Watson”

Four Insights into Writing Children’s Literature

Four Insights into Writing Children’s Literature Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post offering advice on writing children’s literature. When it comes to writing “good” children’s literature, there are a few things authors have done well. First of all, the author needs to know their reader. Second of all, the author needs to successfully engrossContinue reading “Four Insights into Writing Children’s Literature”

Making a Lie Count: Developing Dialogue that Matters

Making a Lie Count Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post offering advice on writing convincing dialogue for your characters. I had a friend once tell me that it is weird how we can never really know someone because we are not them, we are not omniscient, and we are not omnipresent. Yet, through ourContinue reading “Making a Lie Count: Developing Dialogue that Matters”

Accepting Rejection

A former creative writing professor of mine once explained said that she received a small card, no bigger than a business card, in the mail. On this little card, were the words, “Your submission was not accepted.”

Weeding Out the Good Reads

My friend has a habit of reading the last page of a book, before ever looking at the first page.

Another friend doesn’t judge a book by its cover, rather they glance at its spine.

Yet another friend does this thing where they looks at a book’s sleeve, reads the author’s biography and pretends to talk to the author by wondering, how did you get from point A to point B? How can I get published?

Part II: Taking a Look at Ephemera with Evana Bodiker

Taking a Look at Ephemera with Evana Bodiker

Contributing writer Savanah Burns recently interviewed the 2017 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize winner and author of Ephemera, Evana Bodiker. 

Part I: Getting to Know 2017 Phillips Prize winner Evana Bodiker

Contributing writer Savanah Burns recently interviewed the 2017 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize winner and author of Ephemera, Evana Bodiker. 

We Are the Bus

We Are the Bus by James McKean This post was written by contributing writer Savanah Burns. In the winter of 2011, James McKean’s We Are the Bus debuted onto the literary scene with the Texas Review Press. McKean’s hard work won TRP’s X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, an annual contest accepting submissions from poets fromContinue reading “We Are the Bus”