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Stalking The Warrior’s Path: With Casey Clabough

So here, finally, is the feature on Casey Clabough’s, The Warrior’s Path–published in the Twisted South Magazine–faculty member Eric J. Wallace has been badgering you about for weeks on end. For those who contributed, thank you much. (There will be a follow-up on this featuring Zephren and Page Turner Studios, automatic 12 gauge shotguns, psychedelic…

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Nourishing the Creative Palate

My favorite author for writers is Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life). She tells writers to give themselves “permission to be lousy” so that they might free themselves from the demands of the internal editors that block the flow of the creative process. By freeing yourself from an internal…

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Stupidly Intimate Emails (#2)

Here’s a strange and somewhat shadowy transmission penned by my dear friend, and beloved midnight-hour acquaintance, Duke Gordon. I found it when visiting the hillside shithole apartment he, two years ago, in a fit of drunken paranoia, abandoned. On the top shelf of a dusty closet there was a shoe box with a calligraphic scrawl across a strip of camouflage duct tape: “Death Rattles…

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News From Faculty Member Eric J. Wallace

Friends, Family (blood, soul, or otherwise), HillHouse Supporters, and Conspirators, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be penning a feature for the award-winning publication Twisted South on the prolific, brilliant, and adventurous Appomattox County native and Lynchburg College Professor, Dr. Casey Clabough. I’ll be partnering with photographer Annie Laura, of 621studios.com, and, to raise the…

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Masterful Imagery: Charles D’Ambrosio’s The Dead Fish Museum

Jon Dittman The eight stories that comprise Charles D’Ambrosio’s The Dead Fish Museum vary greatly in plot and content, but are tied together so cohesively by the effervescent metaphors and imagery that each story, though distinct, feels connected to one another.  The images and metaphors used by D’Ambrosio are so powerful and poetic that they…

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A Mythic Love Magnified by the Sustaining Food of Laura Esquirel’s  Like Water for Chocolate

Food as sustenance is in and of itself a mythic paradigm as is illustrated by the growing Slow Food movement’s response to our disconnection from our food sources resulting from the modern fast food diet. It is not by chance that writers use words reflecting a variety of states of hunger and feeding to describe…

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Craft Responses

To learn and study the art of writing—and get better at it—requires a deep engagement with the art of reading. To become our work’s own ‘Best Editor’ demands that we put in the effort necessary to understand the ways our own style, voice, and tendencies for making textual decisions have come about. It’s important that we ask…

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Geoff Dyer, But Beautiful, and the Art of Sincerity

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the myriad ways artists can go about addressing our so-called audience (the human-beings that wind up encountering and hopefully experiencing the art) while also maintaining and honoring the sanctity of a process which, when it comes to literature, is by nature an enterprise of solitude. Without…

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A Movable Feast: An Overview

Originally a stationary retreat that served sustainable gourmet to its guests for writing in isolation in the hills of southern Tennessee, Hill House Writers, having now grown into a community of mentors who intimately understand the writing process, are pleased to announce the genesis of a new and exciting opportunity—our ongoing writer’s retreat series—Hill House’s Movable Feast!…