Where to Submit!

By Melanie Unruh | April 23, 2019
close-up of a hand with a brown sleeve turning the pages of a book

When trying to find a home for your writing (if that’s one of your goals), sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming combing through the internet (or books! Remember books with places to submit? If those still exist, I’m sure it’s hard to keep them up to date!). We here at Plume have decided that because we love you and want to help support your work, we’re going to post … Read moreWhere to Submit!

Women Writers We Love: Randi Beck Ocena

By Jennifer Simpson | April 18, 2019

Randi Beck Ocena was born and raised in Oklahoma where she divided her time between bookstores and horse barns. Her love of art, writing, and a particular passage by Natalie Goldberg took her to New Mexico where she lived for 10 years, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy, painted a few murals, and met Natalie Goldberg once for about 23 minutes.  Her work has been published in The … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Randi Beck Ocena

Mother’s Day Doesn’t Have To Be About Grief

By Jennifer Simpson | April 18, 2019

Mother’s Day is always hard for me: My mother died when I was 13. Over the years it has gotten easier– partly because I’ve had so many more years without her than with her, and partly because writing has helped me. (also therapy and my time facilitating groups at the Children’s Grief Center). Grief doesn’t go away but it does change over time. I’ve written a lot about my mom, … Read moreMother’s Day Doesn’t Have To Be About Grief

Inspiration in Everyday Life

By Melanie Unruh | April 17, 2019

Do you ever get stuck in your writing? Or have the feeling your life is too boring to inspire your creativity? I think we’ve all been there, but much like the dreaded writer’s block, I don’t think we should let these negative ideas get too comfortable sticking around. We all have our off moments, but what if we just told our lingering doubts about our words to piss off? Shake … Read moreInspiration in Everyday Life

Writing While Momming

By Melanie Unruh | April 9, 2019
Woman working at high cafe table while her toddler stands beneath it

If you’re a mom, then you know it looms large in your identity. You are the finder of socks! The cutter of crusts! The only one the baby wants to hold him most days. She who carpools everyone to baseball practice and the movies with their friends. I like to think of my motherly identity as a heartwarming slog. As in, you love your kids dearly, but it’s not always … Read moreWriting While Momming

Women Writers We Love: Woz Flint

By Jennifer Simpson | April 5, 2019

Woz Flint is a writer, mama, and lover of green olives and toast. She has published pieces in places such as The Huffington Post, Brevity, and BUST Magazine. When she isn’t playing Nintendo with her 8-year-old son or binge watching episodes of This Is Us or Schitt’s Creek, you can find her at her kitchen table tapping away on her computer keyboard working on her latest WIP. She’s in love … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Woz Flint

An Interview with Jennifer Jordán Schaller

By Melanie Unruh | April 2, 2019

As we enter into April, we wanted to share this interview with creative nonfiction dynamo, Jennifer Jordán Schaller, who is Plume’s featured writer for May. I met Jennifer because we both teach writing at the same community college, and I have to say that she is as kind as she is talented. Recently, Plume had the pleasure of hearing Jennifer read from her work at our Albuquerque Women Write event. … Read moreAn Interview with Jennifer Jordán Schaller

2019 AWP Survival Guide

By Melanie Unruh | March 26, 2019
Light up Portland, Oregon Old Town Sign with a leaping stag

Hello, Plumesters! It’s already time for the AWP Conference. Some of you may be wondering What’s that? The annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, as described on its very own website is: “…an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that … Read more2019 AWP Survival Guide

Those Irish Mysteries

By Melanie Unruh | March 19, 2019
Legs of a white woman in black Wellington boots stretched out in a field of green clover

I have never been much of a mystery reader. For whatever reason, I was never drawn to them. Even when I worked in a library, was responsible for displays, and had to make sure one of said displays was always a different flavor of mystery every month, I wasn’t interested. Cozy mysteries? Mysteries with pets? And what was all this fuss about Norwegian and Danish mysteries? Reluctant Reader Becomes Obsessed … Read moreThose Irish Mysteries

Women Writers We Love: Karen O’Reilly

By Jennifer Simpson | March 14, 2019

Karen O’Reilly is a writer and human rights and humanitarian worker. She has worked as a human rights educator for Amnesty International, and in refugee protection and resettlement for the UN refugee agency in Uganda, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea, Kenya and Jordan. In between UN deployments she writes expert witness reports for lawyers representing asylum seekers in the UK and the US. Much of her creative writing looks … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Karen O’Reilly

An Interview with Cynthia Patton

By Melanie Unruh | March 12, 2019

Our featured writer for April is Cynthia Patton, an accomplished essayist and poet. Cynthia tackles very personal topics in her writing, and we are so honored that she wanted to share this beautiful work with our Plume community. We hope you enjoy our interview with her! Plume: When did you know you were a writer? Cynthia Patton:I’m not sure, but I suspect it was fairly early. My grandfather was a … Read moreAn Interview with Cynthia Patton

What The Young & The Restless Taught Me About Creative Writing

By Jennifer Simpson | March 7, 2019
Black & White Television

I remember watching soap operas with my mom. We were a CBS family so we were loyal to the lineup that included not only The Young & The Restless but As The World Turns, and the Guiding Light. We watched on a black & white Zenith television set. The one my parents purchased after they got married in 1956, or was it 57? It was the size of a milk … Read moreWhat The Young & The Restless Taught Me About Creative Writing