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DD Wright Brings Poetic Soul to Internet Airwaves

UPDATE: The below interview ran the week of the first episode of Poetic Soul. Since then, the show has moved from the 6:30 PM time slot to the 9:00 PM time slot. The show can still be heard live at blogtalkradio.com/poetry2life as well as on demand later in the week. Welcome to another special Virtual…

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Waiting for Inspiration

This is not the typical Virtual Napkins post. This has been on my mind for a while, and I thought I’d bat it around for a bit with you folks. Have you ever been to a poetry reading on a college campus? These events can range from the tedious to the awesome. (I saw Kim…

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Stories That End with an Ellipsis

The streets were full of zombies and half-naked devils with long legs and effective bras. Tod and I were in line at The Vortex in Little Five Points (L5P) hoping to get a burger and a beer (or several). If you’ve never been to Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s…something. It’s a small neighborhood…

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Trigger Warnings and the Right to Be Offended

A number of years ago, I was living and teaching in a small city in south Georgia. I assigned a short story to my honors lit/comp students called “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers.” The story is by one of my favorites, Salman Rushdie. It is his typical mix of the magic and the…

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Lessons in Cartography

Cartography, or the act of map-making, is something that we take for granted–especially in a world with GPS and Google Earth. It hasn’t always been that easy to see the shape of a landmass, though, and throughout history, the task of mapping out a given territory fell to the cartographer. This was a particularly important…

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New Godzilla and the Kid in Me

So, yeah, that’s me as a kid dressed up like Godzilla for Book Week at school. We were supposed to dress up as our favorite book character, and I looked and looked until I found a Godzilla book just so I could dress up in this awesome costume at school. I was a super-cool kid. I’m sure…

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Taylor Eaton Schools Me on Flash Fiction

Every now and then, I get the pleasure of sharing the page here on Virtual Napkins with a guest author. Today is one of those special days, so be on your best behavior! Taylor Eaton is the founder of the micro-fiction blog Little Write Lies, as well as the co-founder of The Sprint Shack, a…