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Interview with Author Meg Eden

A really fun interview with Kristy, featuring my adorable cat CT :3

Kristy Centeno

Hello readers,

Today I have a fellow author as a guest on my blog. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Continue reading to find out more about her. But first, here’s more about her upcoming release, Post-High School Reality Quest.

Release date is June 13th!


You can find Post-High School Reality Quest on:



Rare Bird Books

Barnes and Noble


Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.

After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and instead begins to dominate her thoughts, telling her how to live her life. Though Buffy tries to beat…

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Love this collection!

Jennifer Givhan, Poet & Novelist

LANDSCAPE WITH HEADLESS MAMA COVER (400x608)Available from Pleiades Press.

Also available from Amazon.

Contact Jenn for a signed copy.

Landscape with Headless Mama is a poetry collection by Jennifer Givhan that explores the experiences of becoming and being a mother through the lens of dark fairy tales. Givhan describes the book as “a surreal survival guide.” A poet with strong roots in the desert southwest, Givhan incorporates fine art and folkloric influences from Latin American culture into her poetry. Drawing inspiration from Gloria Anzaldúa, Frieda Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, tattoo artists, and comic book heroes, among other sources, this is a book of intelligence, humor, deep feeling, and, above all, duende.

“Pardon me, but I’m shivering a bit at my core.  These are restless, storm-hued stanzas, revelations of our dark cravings and hapless, woefully imperfect attempts at  perfect love. Here are the dreams even our dreams won’t reveal, flaunting wild edges and endings that…

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Meg Eden ~ Editor Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at th…

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The Spell of Repetition: Shaking down the Pantoum

Free State Review

malay1Essay, by Meg Eden

Poetry’s closest link with its oral tradition is revealed through forms which are elastic as breath. The pantoum is composed of quatrains where the second and fourth lines of a stanza are repeated as the first and third lines in the stanza to follow. This pattern continues with no minimum or maximum number of stanzas. For the final stanza, the first and third lines of the beginning stanza are taken on as the second and fourth. This rounding creates a sense of balance in the pantoum, since every line is then used twice.

The pantoum started out as the pantun, a form of rhyming Malay folk song couplets, typically recited or sung. The Hikayat Hang Tuah and the Malay Annals document the pantun in early Malay literature. The connection between spoken Malay language which is “proverbial and sententious” and the pantun is something to behold…

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Welcome Meg Eden to our Staff


There are changes a brewing at Wherewithal, and all for the better.  This week we welcome Meg Eden to our staff and she is excited to read your submissions.  We are excited to have a poet we once published return to our fray in a new capacity.

Let’s welcome Meg by flooding our inbox with submissions for our long-awaited fourth issue.  there’s barely a week left so hurry!


Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work at:

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Dr. Craig’s 12-Step Program for White Poets Contemplating Ethnic Fraud

Craig Santos Perez

Are you a white poet writing mediocre poems that are constantly rejected? Do you feel cheated out of your entitled publications? Do you find yourself desperately reaching for an ethnic pseudonym?

If you answered yes, Dr. Craig’s 12-step program is designed to help you write like poets of color without committing ethnic fraud. This program is guaranteed or your privilege back!

Step 1: Read. You’ve probably spent most of your life reading white poets. Spend a year reading only poets of color. You will learn how ethnic writing is diverse and exceeds all stereotypes and expectations.

Step 2: Listen. A major thread of ethnic poetry is spoken word. Try listening to one poetry video every day. Hear our voices.

Step 3: Attend. If there is a poetry event in your town featuring poets of color, support the community and bring a dish just in case it’s a potluck.  

Step 4:…

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I’ve been getting some questions about my fundraiser: The money goes to Tupelo Press, but I get rewards based on what goals I reach.

Right now, I have raised $150.
If I raise $350, I will earn three Tupelo Press Titles of my choice.
If I raise $750 I will get a Chapbook length manuscript review (including in-depth focus, poem-by-poem, and evaluation of overall coherence and poem order) with Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine!

I would LOVE to get this manuscript evaluation–I have a manuscript that needs some work, and to get feedback from Jeffrey Levine would be AMAZING!

While I will be only posting poems for the rest of the month, I can continue to raise funds through September.

Thank you everyone who has donated! If you haven’t donated, I’d feel so encouraged to have your support! Every dollar proves that poetry is still alive and needed in our world today, and helps me (and the other 30/30 poets I’m sure!) that what we are doing is worthwhile!

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August Poetry Challenge

This month I’m proud to be part of Tupelo Press’s 30/30 poetry challenge! This means I’ll be writing a poem a day and it’ll be posted on Tupelo’s blog. Like a marathon runner, I need support to do this, so if you feel inclined to support this poetry journey (which also supports Tupelo Press–2 birds with one stone!!), you’re welcome to donate on the site below!
I’m also offering some of my own rewards for those who donate:
• $10: Give me a title or prompt for an upcoming poem. This can be an Ode, or a poem in honor of someone, or a quirky title, or anything, really!
• $20: A copy of a chapbook of your choice.
• $30: A comprehensive critique of one of your poems, which can include recommendations for publication options.
• $129: A chapbook-length manuscript review (up to 30 pgs)—and Tupelo Press will give you a subscription to their 2015 books (that’s 10 books!)
If you choose to donate, please make sure to mention Meg Eden in the comment!

To donate and check out the poems from all this month’s poets, visit: