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“During the in-class reading of the manuscripts, our group, as well as the fiction group, was making fun of quite a few of the manuscripts.   While I think this might have been slightly unprofessional I do not think it was wrong.  First, we were not attacking the person who wrote the pieces—the submissions were blind, after all—but the words themselves.  Sometimes, poems are funny, regardless of the intent.  Second, I think that it is very stiff to only ever take writing seriously.  That is not to say that it is a job that should be taken lightly, but if writers only ever focused on the truth and seriousness of literature, they would miss a lot of what literature is about, because they would only have one perspective.  Third, Ally Harris once asked a group of us at the Summer Writer’s Workshop if we were making fun of a story that was going to be discussed later.  We told her yes, our heads hung.  ‘Good,’ she said, ‘That’s what real writing majors do.’  I respect Ally Harris, and if she says that it is okay, I am willing to say that it is too.”

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I got THREE poems into RiverCraft–one about Tara, one about Ally Harris, and one about my Grandfather.  It’s funny that that’s how I classify them, but that’s the way it is.

NOW: Craft witty and professional bio, organzine shit for SU Review, write a critique, read some stories, get shit done.

All my affections,

Liz

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