An Interview with a Previous Mochila Contributor

By: Kori Marshall Where Are They Now? Featuring Contributor: Jordan Carter   I recently reached out to a few of the past Mochila Review contributors with a few questions about where they are and what they’re doing now. If you weren’t sent an email but are interested in answering a few questions for our blog, […]

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Thank You Nikki!!

By: Sam Lundy All of us here at Mochila Review have just had a memorable experience recently. We had the honor and privilege of meeting not only one of my personal literary idols, but a living legend, Nikki Giovanni. Nikki came to Missouri Western State University April 6th for a poetry reading. She not only […]

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Shakespeare: The OG

Everyone knows that William Shakespeare is the king of English. Without him some of our most famous and beloved stories may not exist today. Shakespeare not only has inspired stories but he broke the mold on how to write. Shakespeare wrote more than just his famous plays. He was a wordsmith that coined his own […]

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There Is…

By: Kori Marshall …Inspiration in everything. My desk is cluttered with sticky notes, covered in pastel blues, pinks, and yellows, so many notes that I can’t read very many of them. Being a writer means being a sponge – absorb everything. Nikki Giovanni and Stephen King, as well as who knows who else, are famous […]

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Don’t Overthink, Just Do It: Part 2

By: Sam Lundy Rhyming Rhyming is something that we all have admired since the first time we heard “Hickory Dickory Dock.” We all grew up listening to nursery rhymes and reading Dr. Seuss. Many people assume that poems must rhyme, when that is so far from the truth. Poems have evolved so much farther than […]

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Don’t Overthink, Just Do It: Part 1

By: Sam Lundy Put Down the Thesaurus Every writer wants to sound clever and smart. Some writers try different methods of writing to achieve this goal. One mistake that writers make is using complex language. There is nothing wrong with using eloquent language if it is concise. Not every work needs to sound like Margaret […]

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Creative Nonfiction: What it Is and Isn’t

By: Kori Marshall “True stories, well told.” Lee Gutkind, creator and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine, defines the phrase easily as if there is no question or no other definition. It seems simple enough, but why is the genre just now emerging? What’s the difference in the nonfiction picture books we read in middle school […]

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Literature & Broadway

By: Sam Lundy Broadway musicals have been around for decades, they are one of our one of our culture’s greatest treasures. What many people don’t realize is that some of the greatest Broadway musicals started out as best-selling novels. Musical theatre is much like fiction in that there is always a character that is the […]

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