Freewriting with music

By Taylor McGrath If you’re ever looking for a way to rev up your pencil (or pen, or keyboard) again, here’s a freewriting strategy for you: Go to Pandora, or turn on the music platform of your choice, and set it to shuffle. Try and make sure the probability is high that you will not […]

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Take a Writer to Lunch

By Crystal Crawford Last Friday, Halloween 2014, The Mochila Review staff joined Dr. Marianne Kunkel, Editor-in-Chief, at her house for lunch. Though there were no frights to be had, the staff arrived very much in character and ready for some delicious treats. Prior to the luncheon, each staff member was assigned a reading from Betsy […]

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The Undergraduate MoRe Prize

We at The Mochila Review have launched a writers’ contest for undergraduate students: the Undergraduate MoRe Prize. This particular contest is open to poetry submissions only, and the winning poem will be selected by our guest judge, Taylor Mali. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, Taylor Mali is the author of two collections of poetry, […]

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Book Publishing, One Way or Another

By Dr. Marianne Kunkel It’s not every day that our staff gets a visit from a guest speaker. Last Friday, we were lucky enough to meet with Dr. Brain Railsback, a dean and English professor at Western Carolina University, a renowned John Steinbeck scholar, and the author of a new book of fiction, A Going […]

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This is What Editors Want: A Q&A with Mochila’s Editor-in-Chief

by Crystal Crawford and Lindsey Lucas Last week we discussed what, exactly, editors want. This week, The Mochila Review staff held a Q&A session with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Marianne Kunkel to get to the heart of what it means to be an editor. Q: What does being an editor actually entail? Describe a typical day. Dr. […]

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What Do Editors Want, Exactly?

by Lindsey Lucas Submitting work is a scary process. It means putting the products of your time and effort out into the world to fend for themselves like baby birds leaving the nest for the first time… and the process is especially daunting when you find yourself wondering what it is the editor wants, exactly. […]

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Meet the staff of The Mochila Review

Marianne Kunkel Editor of The Mochila Review Faculty Advisor of Canvas Marianne is an assistant professor of creative writing and publishing at Missouri Western State University. She is the editor of the university’s national undergraduate journal, The Mochila Review, and faculty advisor for Canvas, the university’s journal exclusively for students, alumni, and staff. She’s the author […]

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