marginalia

Marginalia: Journal Prompts (November)

So we're winding down with this series. Month 11 already. How has daily journaling with prompts been working for you? Has it helped your other writing projects? Has it helped in any other ways? I'd love to hear more so feel free to share your comments. I always respond. For November, we're going to pick a quote (from these 300+ options) daily and write/riff on it.

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5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: American Writers of South Asian Origin (PopMatters)

This month's short stories column at PopMatters looks at five new short story collections out this year by American writers of South Asian origin. I also take a look at what "South Asian" covers as a demographic. And how the works of such diasporic writers are typically being received in both the US and their countries of origin (mostly India.) The five stories featured are from: Vandana Singh; Akil Kumarasamy; Neel Patel; Anita Felicelli; and Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Published: On Sound and Rhythm in Text: Angela Leighton’s ‘Hearing Things’ (PopMatters)

My latest book review at PopMatters is of a nonfiction book by Prof Angela Leighton (Trinity College, Cambridge.) For all those who love to read and/or write, HEARING THINGS is about how sounds are created on the page and how readers take them in. This goes beyond just the immediate sounds of words/language.