Week 1: Originality: Tuesday (Philosophy)

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Repeat Monday’s assignment with a poet you do not particularly care for.

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Week 1: Originality: Monday (Philosophy)

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Read a poem by a poet you love, then write a poem from an opposite view point, at the same time keep your truth of the situation intact.

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Performer Bio: Barbara Sabol

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Barbara Sabol is the author of two chapbooks, Original Ruse and The Distance Between Blues. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Examined Life and San Pedro River Review. Barbara has an MFA. She publishes book reviews/interviews in her blog Poetry Matters, and hosts a poetry readings series in Cuyahoga Falls.

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Week 1: Originality: Sunday (Philosophy)

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Contrary to popular artistic stifling, there is such a thing as an original thought. Granted it is harder to come up with an original thought than it is to regurgitate other people’s ideas.
Certainly, most things have already been said. However, everyone has their own unique experience. Even if identical twins live their lives never being separated even for the briefest of moments, they will always have a different perception of events.
If you had never heard the phrase ‘the grass is greener on the other side of the fence’ and you noticed your lawn looking more worn than your neighbor’s, you might be inclined to think the phrase. If you are someone who likes to make connections between life and philosophy you might make a connection between your neighbor’s grass and their nice house.
Even the most cliché phrase can be an original thought if you have never heard it before.
Expand this to your own writing. You will, of course, have your peers near you to critique your writing. They will be able to tell you if they have heard a line you’ve written before. For solo writers, there will be a need to read a lot more since you work cannot be informed by other experiences, a la crowd-sourcing or workshopping.
Ninety-nine percent of your original thoughts have probably been thought by someone else. Do not let that dishearten you because this is a rule that applies to EVERYONE. However, it is not your job to worry about others’ original thoughts. Your only responsibility as a writer is to monitor your original thoughts. Your task is expression and craft, to dive into the pool of creativity and bring up your own cup of art.
Once you are honestly expressing yourself you gain the flow and the freedom to say whatever you want. Your truth is your originality and your expression should be your truth, not someone else’s.

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How to Write: a Pretentious Attempt at Instruction

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by Azriel Johnson

The purpose of this course is to give insight on the process of writing, creating, living your art. While I most often use “writing” or “words” as my example, I believe in many aspects that this advice can be applied to other art forms.

This is a 52 week program/project/course. Every day will have a different aspect to explore. (Each post will be made at 6am Eastern Time).

Sundays will be theory day. This is where musings, thoughts, rants will go for the weekly topic. I will try to write no more than 500 words on a topic.

Mondays – Thursdays will be exercise days. These days are where you will be asked to create according to the Sunday topic. The exercises will attempt to be comprehensive of the topic.

Fridays will be revision days. Instructions will include revising one or two pieces for content and in the manner of the topic for the week. Revision does not necessarily have to be for pieces written in the same particular lesson, but it is often a good idea to stick in the week.

Saturdays are intended as performance days. Performance is a part of art. Performance guidelines will usually include staying mindful of the audience. Saturdays do not necessarily have to be at a set reading in public, but an audience of two or more is most certainly preferred.

Don’t be afraid to go back to past lessons for a recap. Sometimes revisiting older lessons allows for new insight on current lessons. Sometimes new lessons broaden the horizons of the past lessons.

Please note, life is what happens when we are making plans. You may, for instance, have a regular performance day on Monday. Saturday might be a better revision day. Don’t be too self stringent about the days you do the exercises, but doing the exercises will be helpful in creative growth.

Your Own Form

You will be charged with creating your own form of poetry. You will likely include rhyme, syllabic count, repetitive words, or something completely out of the ordinary.

Don’t get too complicated. The more complexities the form has the less likely you will be able to recreate it, let alone anyone else.

Also allow your form fluidity. Let it change as you grow into your writing. You might find a rhyme scheme is something you want at first, but then decide later to nix that altogether. This is the same with other aspects of the form.

Once you come to the final version of your form it will truly be yours.

Good luck!

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Looking for Reviews

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Writing Knights is looking to pay $5 to $15 for 250-500 word reviews on our releases.The process is simple. If you already have a copy of the book, write the review send it in and we’ll go from there. If you need a copy of the book we will arrange for you to get a copy, then you write the review.

Submission Guidelines (if you have not read the book):
Through PayPal send $1 to writingknightspress(at)gmail.com.
($1 is cost for electronic copies of the books)
Be sure to include your email address.

Email: writingknightspress@gmail.com
Subject: Book Review Request – (Book to Review)
Body: Confirm your email address and the book you want to review.

We will send you a PDF copy of the cover and text of the book you request.

Submission Guidelines (if you have read the book):
Email: writingknightspress(at)gmail.com
Subject: Book Review – (Book Reviewed)
Body: Your review

Make sure to include your name, a 20-40 word bio, and a photo (optional).

Once you write the review and send it back we will determine how much we will pay for it. We judge pieces on quality of writing, spelling, grammar, and focus. We do not require favorable reviews, but prefer if the reviewer finds something they like in the book(s) they review to offer an even review.

If we do not deem the review of sufficient quality, we will refund the $1 paid.

We are looking for reviews on the following releases (this list is subject to change) — (The max we are willing to pay)
200 Years by Serenea Castells — $5
Absent Meteors by Steve Brightman — $5
According to the Results by Alexis-Rueal — $5
After the Wolves by Lennart Lundh — $5
Allergic to Everything by Leah Mueller — $10
Arrival and Departure by James Schwartz — $5
Bad Ink by Dianne Borsenik — $5
Biophotonic by Zachary Lee — $5
Bluebird Don’t Mean Nothing by David Mac — $5
Breakwall to Breakwall by J.M. Romig — $5
Cannibal Sunflowers by Catfish McDaris — $5
Coming Through the Far End by Paul Grant — $5
The Dark Lord is Mistaken by Colton Bose — $5
Dreams of the Really Annoying by Colin James — $5
Eating Yellow Snow by Phoenix Clouden — $5
Electric Company by John Burroughs — $5
Fatigues and Double Consciousness by D.L. Woure — $5
A Garden in the West by Eric Carbenia — $5
The Gospel of Flies by Bethany W. Pope — $5
Graffiti Wisdom by Skylark Bruce — $10
Hellfire, Heavensent by Azriel Johnson — $5
I See Things are Falling by Kathleen D. Gallagher — $5
I Speak Hick by Alexis-Rueal — $10
In the Beginning and the End by Siddartha Beth Pierce
Johnny Badge by Jnana Hodson — $5
Last Chance for Rain by Sharon Frye — $5
Learn to Find by Jessica Evans — $5
Life After Checkmate by Andrew Line — $5
Little Sister by Ruth Morris — $5
Love, Unwrapped by Mandy Buffington — $5
Lucid Brightenings by Jen Pezzo — $5
Menthol Slim One-Twenty Blues by Walter Beck — $5
Nothing, but Skin by Quartez Harris — $10
Out on the Streets by Lorraine Cipriano — $5
Pictures of an Other Day by Lennart Lundh — $5
Piercing Words … from the Heart by Diwakar Pokhriyal — $5
Red Ink Sludge by Walter Beck — $5
Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations by James Schwartz — $5
So Careless of Themselves by Lennart Lundh — $5
Unbound by Lorraine Cipriano — $5
Thieves of the Wind by Catfish McDaris & Subhankar Das — $5
The Way Things Used to Be by Martin Willitts Jr — $5
Yellow Wolf by Grant Tarbard — $5
Zoptic Figure by Jeff Kosiba — $5

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Performer Bio: Yuyutsu Sharma

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Writing Knights Press Presents: Kathleen D. Gallagher December 2012
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International Poet and Translator Yuyutsu Sharma

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Stark Knights 2016: Jupiter Studios (April 30)

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Steve Brightman
Jamie Laubacher
Marissa Hyde
Vertigo Xi’an Xavier

Jupiter Studios
Address: 346 E Main St, Alliance, OH
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080496252024229/

Jupiter Studios: art gallery, gourmet pizza shop, and music venue caters to Stark County’s finest in the arts. Whether you’re an artist or musician, spectator or supporter, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

Featuring great local art, music, and a terrific variety of Homemade organic and locally grown sauces for their pizzas, Jupiter Studios has a style of music or food for everyone! Great for kids, private parties, groups, or dinner with the family! Record your band, get creative in our art group, or perform or showcase your music or art! No cover charge for those coming just for dinner before 8pm Friday and Saturday. No cover charge all day long. We also now deliver Pizza, salads, and sandwiches to Alliance residents!

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Performer Bio: Vertigo Xi’an Xavier

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During the stone-age of the internet (at the time of AOL version 1.5 to be precise), a young man calling himself Vertigo Xi’an Xavier set about launching The Poet’s Haven publishing empire upon the pages of the new electronic frontier. Now, two decades, 2000+ authors, and over 7000 published poems and stories later, he wishes to expand his dominion beyond the realms of digital and print media, and is seeking your vote to make him Emperor of planet Earth, via the Nemesis Party.

Vertigo is the owner and publisher of The Poet’s Haven. The Poet’s Haven produces an online magazine (PoetsHaven.com), chapbooks, podcasts, and live poetry and music events. He is also manager of the Lake Effect Poetry slam team.

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The Strange Town in the Middle of the Forest by Max Szredni (Part 16)

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Part 15


The class twittered excitedly. Domei couldn’t help himself; he smiled along with the others, appreciating the rare opportunity to miss a workday. The academics lined them against the wall to take attendance. “It is important,” they said, “to remain together on Academy-sanctioned field trips. Straying will not be tolerated. And if you are lost, you are to remain within the Museum at all times. Are we understood?”
The children nodded, not really listening. Their adolescent brains were concentrating on other things, like the fact that “birds-in-the-sky, we get to skip Arithmetic today!” Domei actually enjoyed arithmetic, but he had come to understand that he was in the minority when it came to this position. Paeren had made it very clear that Domei was never to voice any of the warm feelings he felt toward the evil practice. Ever.
“You are already the biggest buttface I know, Dom,” his friend said, “don’t make it even worse.”
Paeren stood next to Domei in the line, adjusting “their” coif. Although Domei knew Paeren had the same parts as him, having snuck a glance a year-or-so ago at him yellowing behind a tree, he still tried thinking of him in terms of the gender-neutral pronouns “their”, “they”, and “them”. After all, it didn’t really matter what one’s yellower looked like. Everyone was an equal. Some voices were deeper, some hips were wider, some hands were bigger, some yellowers went in, and some stuck out, but they were all just people. Thirty-six years ago, Daid the revolutionary-turned-barber had said it best, proclaiming, “never again shall there be social stratification between ‘man’ and ‘woman'”, during one of the most famous speeches ever made in the town’s history. And although Domei was now discouraged by the newest political referendums from even thinking of Mil as his “sister”, the word had only appeared in his vocabulary because of a single clause in an outdated Academy syllabus: “The nouns ‘sister’ and ‘brother’ can be applied in the context of describing siblings (children assigned to live in the same residence as one another) whose respective urethras have biologically been endowed to manifest themselves internally (sister) or externally (brother). Some siblings, of course, follow neither template, but instead land in the middle of the spectrum, between the two extremes.”
For the first time since the Towers’ arrival, the sky was overcast, soaking the town in its grey humidity. The adolescents marched single-file in the cloying heat, escorted on both sides by a contingent of academics.
The humungous museum was located on the far side of town, opposite the clearfield. The Academy lay roughly in the middle, right across from the majestic doors of the Town Hall.
The half-hour walk was uneventful, and exasperated grumbles about chafing armpits were already weighing down on the bubble of excitement that had recently buoyed the pupils. Eventually they made it to the Town Museum, none too worse for wear with the exception of Paeren, who had suffered a stubbed toe. Paeren had been forced to go to the back of the line after Academic Morelle discovered it was them who was yelping all the curse words. Domei was still snickering about the episode when the class arrived at the museum. Paeren made it clear this was not appreciated by running up and smacking Domei on the arm as the pupils were ushered in by the museum supervisor.

–Part 17— May 6
If you’re interested in getting in contact with Max, email him here: maxszredni@gmail.com

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