October 1, 2015

Mini Craft Lesson Missy Wick, Blog Editor Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and working with Bread Loaf Fellow Brando Skyhorse, author of the novel The Madonnas of Echo Park and memoir Take This Man. In his memoir Skyhorse describes his unusual family history: When he was three years old, Brando Read More

May 15, 2015

Take Your Poet To Work Day Coloring Book Guest Blogger: Missy Wick . Looking for the perfect birthday present for your poetic partner? Check out tweatspeak’s “Take Your Poet to Work Day” Coloring Book. The annual celebration of poetic genius has passed, but the fun continues. Just download the free book (below), cut out your poet Read More

November 1, 2014

The Mitten String: An interview with local author Jennifer Rosner by Missy Wick When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders how the mother will know if her child wakes in the night. The surprising answer inspires Ruthie to knit a special gift that Read More

August 1, 2014

In Their Own Voices… Missy Wick, Straw Dog Blog Editor . August in the Pioneer Valley – the blueberries are in bloom, the tomatoes are ripening on the vine, and there is abundant local fiction to pick from your independent bookstore or library shelves. For a third summer, reporter Karen Brown and her colleagues at Read More

July 1, 2014

An Invitation to Read Missy Wick, Straw Dog Blog Editor They say that you can’t tell a book by its cover, but the first words can make or break the relationship.  “How can the writer,” asks author Stephen King, “extend an appealing invitation — one that’s difficult, even, to refuse?”*  Here are some answers – Read More

February 1, 2014

  A Note from Missy Wick, Blog Editor . For people like me – a digital immigrant, born and raised in the land of paper, white out pencils, and Correcto type – the migration to the Internet has been both daunting and thrilling. In truth, I do not miss all the old country ways. I Read More

April 22, 2013

Musing on Slow Words I bought new stationary today.  Colorful painted birds on bright white paper made from cotton rags.   My intention – to start writing letters again to my old friends, the ones who knew me before the Internet existed.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love typing on my computer.  I probably would not be a writer if Read More

November 25, 2012

The Necessity of Summer Words Near Winter (a.k.a. another reason to write) Guest Blogger: Missy Wick, Straw Dog Founding Member as November in Northampton, MA 2012 Each day the sun sets a few minutes earlier now. Frost is no longer a warning – it is a given – and neither my body nor mind is Read More

November 8, 2012

Why I Write, Sometimes….  Guest Blogger: Missy Wick, Straw Dog Founding Member as I grew up in the wake of the Holocaust. The walls of my friend’s split-level homes were covered with sepia toned photographs. Men in dark suits and ties, white shirts, and beards stared with authority from their wooden chairs. Women in long dresses, Read More