How did you learn to control tone?


I’ve always been sickened by the whole discussion of natural tone, natural voice. I think that’s ridiculous. Every tone, every voice is unnatural, and it is natural to be unnatural. So there’s nothing to talk about. It works or it doesn’t work. I don’t think that anybody ought to tolerate the tyranny of the idea of “natural” voice. 

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.

Read the whole interview here.


My poem “Growing” is up today on the Pamplemousse site. Big thanks to Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Jensen Beach and the students of Johnson State College in Vermont for taking it.

Host: Heather Aimee O’Neill

Tracey Rose
Isabelle FitzGerald
Andrés Cruciani
Max Rivlin-Nadler

On the Docket: 
Book Signing

The next Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series features students from our Novel Intensive Workshops.

Author Bio(s): 

Tracey Rose is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Pank Magazine, and elsewhere.

Isabelle FitzGerald studied creative writing at Brown University. Her writing has appeared on The Rumpus andYahoo! Parenting. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on her first novel.

Andrés Cruciani‘s writing has appeared in Brooklyn Aikikai Journal and University of Baltimore’s Welter. He has completed one novel, for which he is currently seeking representation, and is at work on his second—”Equality,” a story about two boys, one Black, one Hispanic, struggling to find hope in an inner-city school. He graduated from The New School’s MFA fiction program and also holds a black belt in Aikido.

Max Rivlin-Nadler is a writer living in Queens, NY. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vice, The Nation, andGawker. He’s working on a novel about rising seas, property values, and dead souls.

Five Years



Jeff Lennon wrote a nice essay for Coldfront, about Kay Ryan’s poetry. Read it here. An excerpt:

In a contemporary culture thrilled with noise and equivocation, popularity contests and advertisements, Ryan sails on the antithetical tack, as she has her entire career. Which isn’t to say she’s anti-modern. Famous for taking poetic subjects from Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not, in the new collection she takes them from Wikipedia and the New York Times Science section—“I like feeling that science and I are making a picture from opposite sides.” Still, preaching patience in a world of anxiety, looking for levity where others would anchor, you might begin to feel as lonely as, say, a turtle.

“I think there’s too much poetry out there,” she said back in 2008. “I don’t need to add to the waste stream.”

Luckily, Ryan has once more done just that. Erratics are rocks left behind as a glacier recedes. Ryan’s poetic thrust—her craft, her humor, her intelligence—doesn’t seem to be receding at all.



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