Posted July 8, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

In summer I like chillaxin’

you know, hanging with

friends, doing nothing,

talking and joking,

chillaxin’ in the sun,

chillaxin’ in the shade,

chillaxin’ in the house,

taking it nice and

easy like it’s your

vacation and you’re

making the most of it,

a smooth summer day.

By Chantel, 7th grade

Not in Love

Posted November 18, 2011 & filed under Notebook.


You said you loved me

but now I know to

listen to you with

my head and not my

heart, that muscle

that brings me life

but also a bunch of


By Desiree, 9th grade

Creative Writing Contest Op

Posted March 13, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

from-above-by-ale-roda-via-flickr.jpgThe Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Award competition is open to juniors and seniors currently enrolled in high school. Three prizes of $250 each will be awarded both in fiction and in poetry. Students may send a single entry in each genre (one poem and/or one short story or novel chapter).

All entries must be typed, with the student’s name, home address, telephone number, social security number, high school name and address, and the genre (poetry or fiction) of the work on the first page. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2008. Awards will be announced May 15, 2008. Please keep a copy, as entries cannot be returned.

This competition will be judged by faculty in the Writing Program at Washington University, including fiction writers Kathryn Davis and Kellie Wells, and poets Mary Jo Bang and Carl Phillips.

Send entries to:

The Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Awards
Washington University
Campus Box 1122
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

For further inquiries, contact David Schuman at (314) 935-7130.

(photo by Ale Roda via flickr)

Writer in the Limelight: Josh Rivkin

Posted March 6, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

mohawk.jpgThe Mohawks,” a poem by former WITS Writer Joshua Rivkin, was named the Poem of the Week by the Missouri Review. When asked about the genesis of the poem, Josh explained it this way:

Last year I taught 9th and 10th grade English. This poem is one of several about my students who in the contradictions and complexities of that age continually surprised me. Towards the end of the year several of the 10th grade boys came to school with mohawks. Their haircuts, serious and playful, meaningful and absurd, became a way for me to think about the shifting boundaries between our inner and outer lives.

josh-student-606.jpgJosh is a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Verse Daily. He lives in San Francisco.