Meg Hayertz had a booth at AWP 2016 offering Tarot Readings for writers. I went in asking what the cards had to say about the status of some upcoming projects, but Meg said that the readings she did wasn't about answering questions about the future; she used the cards as a way to break through writer's block. She asked if I had any stories or characters that I was just starting or having trouble with. And there was one story I had in mind with only a vague that I wanted to ex
Dear Door Is A Jar contributors and readers, We apologize for the delay in the release of our Spring 2016 Issue. We intended to release the magazine at the end of May, but we have experienced some unforeseen complications that have interfered with our deadline. One of the stipulations we have set in our guidelines is that we do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we request that you notify us when the work is accepted elsewhere. Howeve
We have a special guest blog from poet Benjamin S. Grossberg, however I know him better as Professor Grossberg from the University of Hartford's English Department. I am thrilled he agreed to share his insights for National Poetry Month. In this blog post he explores the requirements and risks of not only writing poetry, but shaping one's self into a poet. I have also included a link to his amazon author page. He has three collections of poems and a chapbook. I'd highly recom
Pearl Buck once said, "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." History is a complex creature, and more often than not, facts get left out of the larger discussion. Author Mau VanDuren delves into the lesser-known origins that inspired James Madison to write the United States Constitution in his book "Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union." We often think of the Constitution modeled after lessons from England and anc
It happened on a short subway ride from Lorimer Street to DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. Six stops. It was the end of January and I was wearing my green camouflage jacket and flannel red hunter's hat with the earflaps and fuzzy lining. While warm, I stuck out in comparison to the rest of the New Yorkers. They wore blacks, grays, and dark blues (maybe a little orange of they were a Met's fan, but that was the only exception.) I stood and held onto a pole facing the sliding doors.
I like to write a little bit of everything; short stories, poems, plays, but I have a special place in my heart for tackling larger projects like novels. But this can be very time-consuming and exhausting, especially when I hit a block that brings my writing to a halt. The first step is to try and push through the block, but then that block turns into a wall and the more I push, the more the wall turns into a cage. Even though I'm excited about the story, the writing doesn't
When I'm working on a story, especially one I'll be spending a lot of time with, I like to come up with a playlist to help me set the tone for a particular scene or character. Along these musical lines, I came across a method to help influence my writing. A few years ago I was listening to the audiobook of Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis as read by James Van Der Beek. I fell asleep to the record. I'd like to clarify that I wasn't bored, just really sleepy. When I woke up, the