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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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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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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Change

By: Sam Lundy “Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.” –Nikki Giovanni We live in an uneasy time right now, as undergraduates we are becoming our own people, discovering who we are and what exactly we want to believe in. We can choose to ignore a cause that doesn’t affect us directly […]

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Fanfiction Part 2

By: Sam Lundy Fanfiction…so how do I write it? Writing fanfiction isn’t just taking a story you enjoy and writing a continuation. Here are some steps to help you with the writing process.   Research– Oh yes, this is necessary. Just like with an academic paper you will need to check your facts. This may […]

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Fanfiction Part 1

By: Sam Lundy Fanfiction…so what is it? Fanfiction is a genre that is often over looked within the writing community. Some people think that it is just a hobby and doesn’t have a place in the literary world. Some people think that fanfiction writers are stealing work that the original authors had put into their […]

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