The Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase Ecosystem by Katie McGee

The Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase, affectionately known as NAPS, kicked off its 12th year at Theatrikos Playhouse in Flagstaff this September. Ever since Ann Cummins, a creative writing professor at NAU, founded NAPS, the playwriting contest has enjoyed a strong connection with the university’s MFA program. This year more MFA students, alumni, and faculty participated … More The Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase Ecosystem by Katie McGee

A Conversation with a Past Contributor: Mike Chin

When do a bunch of stories become a collection? When I finished my MFA program at Oregon State, I figured my next step was to publish a book. Lucky for me, I’d written a lot those two years—conservatively, twenty short stories and probably twice as much flash. I’d been through the thesis process of polishing … More A Conversation with a Past Contributor: Mike Chin

Tenderness and Tragedy: A Simultaneous Experience

  Jake Skeets is a Diné poet, holds a degree from the IAIA, and his debut collection  Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful Of Flowers was selected by Kathy Fagan for the National Poetry Series in 2018. We spoke to Jake over the phone about his debut collection, image, his process, and the balance of violence … More Tenderness and Tragedy: A Simultaneous Experience

Writing the Diné Presence into Existence: An Interview with Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe is a distinguished poet, author, and editor from the Diné community whose creative work challenges the public perception of the Diné experience. Tohe has been published extensively and won myriad awards, including being named Navajo Poet Laureate in 2015. … More Writing the Diné Presence into Existence: An Interview with Laura Tohe

Science Confirms: The Aesthetic Sublime is Pretty Right On

Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” (1818) is one of the most famous paintings of the 19th century, and is often used to describe the era’s cultural concerns, as well as to highlight how damn well they dressed. The painting is often used to illustrate 18th and early 19th century notions of … More Science Confirms: The Aesthetic Sublime is Pretty Right On