With all that is going on in the world right now, I believe that poetry is more important than ever, and I have been lucky enough to read some incredibly powerful and necessary poems in the last few weeks. And yet poetry seems to be as misunderstood as it ever was. The first question that … More But What Does the Poem Mean?
The word șatră can be translated from Romanian to English as “a Gypsy tent or camp”. If we examine the semantics of șatră in the Romanian language, we will find the following meanings: “a tent belonging to nomad Romani people”, but also “rude”, and “in a state of sloppiness and dirt”. This ambivalence has been … More A Look Inside the Şatră
I started acting in elementary school. It was my first serious dream, and I had it all figured out. I was going to go to high school, take acting classes, register for casting agencies, the whole ordeal. If none of that took off, there would always be the promise of theater school, bringing me back … More Chasing Dreams, Telling Stories & Picking Flowers
Climate change is a big deal. I try my best: recycling, avoiding single-use plastic, not eating meat. Such small changes help to clear the conscience but don’t infringe on my day to day life. But, if you asked me to stop flying, to never drive a car, or to consider not having children on the … More If Climate Change Means the End of the World, Why Am I Not Scared?
On an overcast Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by sleepy ambiguous warehouses and faded factories, I enter Laura A Dima’s studio, named ISO Amsterdam, on the outskirts of the city. Isolatorweg: the last stop on Metro Line 51. Here she shares a former factory floor with an array of creative professionals doing everything from product design, sculpture … More Turning Touch into Art: Laura A Dima’s Finger Rub Rug
It’s not often that a sitcom makes you both laugh out loud and ponder on moral philosophy, but NBC’s The Good Place (2016) does it with such ease and delight. Created by Michael Schur (same dude who created Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so you can trust he knows what he’s doing), The Good … More An Ode to “The Good Place”
Writer’s Block is proud to announce the prompt for this year’s flash fiction competition! The three winners will be published in a forthcoming issue of our magazine. We are looking forward to reading what you come up with — don’t forget, the deadline is May 8th at midnight!