World Full of Writing…Sort of

As writers we are constantly thinking of new stories and poems that we could be writing down. So why aren’t we? We live in a society where we spend a majority of our time updating statuses and tweeting. We are constantly writing about who hates who and political views, as these are prime character and […]

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10 Signs You’re an English Major

For the last blog of the semester I wanted to do something a little funny and exaggerated. I met this person at school the other day and I told him I was an English major. He replied, “I always make fun of English majors.” Nice thing to say to someone five minutes after meeting her! […]

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In the Shadow of Ellen Hopkins

On the night of April 18, The Mochila Review was honored to have New York Times-bestselling author Ellen Hopkins come speak at our campus, Missouri Western State University. Earlier this year, Ellen judged our Undergraduate MoRe Prize and she chose “Wake” by Reily William Cook (plus two honorable mentions: Jordan Carter’s “We do Shit to […]

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Poetry in the City

It’s easy to find art and literature in a big city; theaters, museums, independent bookstores–the list is endless. It can be a little harder to find those kinds of businesses in a small town, but luckily Saint Joseph, Missouri, where we are based, has your creative mind covered. Unplugged, the bar formally known as Café […]

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International Children’s Book Day

By Sara Brown Saturday, April 2, is International Children’s Book Day. Hosted by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), International Children’s Book Day falls every year around the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (April 2) and celebrates children’s books from around the world and helps inspire a love of reading in kids. […]

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Saint Poet’s (er, Patrick’s) Day

When all the others were away at Mass By Seamus Heaney When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes. They broke the silence, let fall one by one like solder weeping off the soldering iron: cold comforts set between us, things to share gleaming in a bucket […]

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Reboot Mania

For a while it seemed like there wasn’t a day that we weren’t getting news of a reboot in television or movie. Between all the classic Disney movies, X Files, Girl Meets World, Gilmore Girls, and the newly released Fuller House (who else spent the weekend binge-watching?), it’s like producers are throwing nostalgia in our […]

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#1000BlackGirlBooks

The arts, while having a long history with representation, have recently come under fire with the lack of diversity, most notably with the 2015 Oscars nominations. There’s been discussion among actors of boycotting the awards show to tell the Academy that those voices will not be diminished. But actors aren’t the only ones tired of […]

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Typos: The Hidden Danger

By Sara Brown Picture this: You’re reading a recently released book. You’re really into it, it has well-developed characters, the plot line is moving at a good speed, the rhythm of the prose gives you chills…and then all of the sudden, there’s a typo. You’re thrown. How can there be a typo in a published […]

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The Mochila Review Art Intern Janelle Anderson is a senior majoring in graphic design. This is her first semester on staff.   Q: Why did you decide to become part of the staff of the Mochila Review? I became a part of the staff at Mochila Review and Canvas because it looked to be an […]

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