Episode 29: Cringy Moments

Our favorite co-host Caitlin Dillon is back with our new co-host Heather Daugherty. They are here today to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about experiences that can be cringe-worthy and how some authors use their personal experiences to create beautifully written pieces of work. We hear […]

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The Art of Tsundoku

I buy books more than I logically should. Do I have time to read all these books? No. Do I have money to buy all these books? Also no. In fact, I don’t even have space to store all the books I acquire. They’re tucked in every empty drawer and perched on every free shelf. […]

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Episode 27: Dreams

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about dreams and how dreams can influence writing. We hear DeAndre Washington’s poem “Smile for your hood” from our Spring 2018 issue. We also hear Helen Hunt Jackson‘s “Dreams” read […]

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Meeting Melissa De la Cruz

By Megan Standley On April 16 students from Missouri Western State University, home of the Mochila Review, had the opportunity to meet an incredible woman: #1 New York Time’s Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz. De la Cruz came to talk about her experience in the publishing field. The students who work on Mochila Review […]

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Should Song Lyrics Be Considered Poetry

By: Megan Standley Songs have been with us as long as poetry and prose but should the lyrics of songs be considered poetry? There are many different genres within the category of songs – my personal favorite genre is classical – each with a unique style. Rap is a good example of poetry. It’s basically […]

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What Does It Take to be an Author?

By Megan Standley   If you’ve ever loved to write then you probably dreamed of publishing a novel for the world to enjoy. It’s rather easy (so they tell us), and all you have to do is write. You don’t really need a diploma to become an author.   There are singers, actors, and internet […]

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Episode 26: Who Am I?

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about the struggle of finding who we are as individuals and as writers. We hear Zamarit Ortiz’s short story, “The End of Ignacio” from our Spring 2017 issue of the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Anger

By Megan Standley Anger seems to be the only emotion that anyone feels nowadays. Whether it be from politics or a bad day. Anger, of course, can be a really good outlet for bottled up stress and bad thoughts, but it’s not as acceptable as emotions like sadness.   So, say you need to have […]

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Episode 24: Writing Empathy

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about how to show empathy for another person when the writer does not know anything about the other person’s backstory and how a writer can make the readers feel the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Sadness

By Megan Standley     It’s time to go ahead and get that one emotion that no one wants to feel out of the way. That emotion is sadness. Everyone feels this emotion at some point in their lives and it isn’t something they want sticking around for long (unless you love to be sad). Even […]

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