Writing Sites for Posting Work Online and Getting Good Feedback

Anonymous asked: I don’t think you answered my previous question. Do you or your followers know of any quality writing sites? I want to post my work online and receive good feedback.

Here’s a decently long list:

Plenty of Tumblrs also post writers’ work and give feedback:

More sources for publishing online and getting feedback:

Also, we have answered a question similar to this one before. You can find it here, though we’ve added all the links from that response to this one. Thank you for your question!

Did we miss one (or a dozen)? Tell us here!

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Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

Art by Brian Dettmer.

Hello ALL….

So….Here is a super SWELL interview with “Your’s Truly" (Ron Ulicny) that I did recently with the very cool Literature, Arts, & Culture Magazine: ANOBIUM….(on tumblr HERE)

http://anobiumlit.com/2012/08/02/wear-a-sturdy-helmet-an-interview-ron-ulicny-artist/

Check it out if you just happen to be a fan of my work or if you just plain ‘ol have nothing else better to do for a minute or two….Thank you so much to everyone for all your support….it keeps it going!!!….. :D

I got to talk about my personal top 5 albums, films, and books of the year for Anobium. Here are mine. Read the rest of the staff’s picks here

TOP 5 ALBUMS

1. Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador, 2012) – Mike Hadreas’ haunting ballads travel deep into the dark lands of trauma, abuse, and personal struggle, and emerge offering moments of light. A short, searing record that lingers long after the final strains fade.

2. Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man (Parlaphone, 2012) – The production on Natasha Khan’s latest record is as stark and austere as its cover art. These songs vibrate with the intimacy of a woman processing a failed relationship and finding a kind of transcendence in its aftermath.

3. The Walkmen: Heaven (Fat Possum Records, 2012) – This album resurrects the urgency of 2004’s excellent Bows and Arrows, layered with a stately wisdom afforded by the intervening years. A dramatic slow burn.

4. The Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans, 2012) – Kristian Matsson’s follow-up to The Wild Hunt may displease purists with its lush instrumentation, but it is hard to resist this rhythmic, poignant, and urgent record and its elliptical and rapturous treasures.

5. Niki & The Dove: Instinct (Sub Pop, 2012) – This Swedish duo calls to mind the heat of Stevie Knicks and Kate Bush’s breathy abandon, without feeling retro or derivative. This debut album is fresh and thrilling.

TOP 5 MOVIES

1. Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011) – Herzog follows two men convicted of a triple homicide, one on death row and one with a life sentence. He offers a sober, quiet narration of the weeks leading up to one convict’s execution and the impact on the lives of those that the murders affected, including the families of the victims and the families of the convicts in the small Texas city of Conroe.

2. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010) – French film that tells the story of nine Trappist monks who were kidnapped and executed during the 1996 Algerian Civil War. They are beheaded in winter and the final sequence of the men being marched out in the snow is heartstopping. A somber, beautiful, provocative film about faith and war and ultimately, too, about love.

3. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008) – Kym’s arrival from rehab for the occasion of her older sister’s wedding reveals the complicated dynamics of family history and dependence. This is a sad, quietly incandescent film about love and forgiveness, loss and redemption.

4. Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2012) – How does the fantasy of romance and desire compete with the domestic realities of a marriage after the honeymoon is over? A young writer struggles with her desire for a handsome stranger as her five-year marriage shows signs of collapse. A touching film about love and desire and the very human impulse to be seduced by the promise of the new at the risk of what is known.

5. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011) – The title describes the emotional state of a young bride and is also the name of a rogue planet that is on a collision course with the Earth. A study of severe depression that is at turns absurd and terrifying. Released at the end of 2011, this film about apocalypse – in the grandest sense as well as on the scale of personal breakdown – seems a suitable film to haunt 2012.

TOP 5 BOOKS

1. Bluets (Maggie Nelson) Wave Books, 2009 – An urgent, pulsing book composed of 240 numbered fragments. An obsessive interrogation of love and its limits. A document of struggle and despair, but ultimately, a testament to a quiet resilience that allows the writer and the reader to move forward, even if haltingly: 
A warm afternoon in early spring, New York City. We went to the Chelsea Hotel to fuck. Afterward, from the window of our room, I watched a blue tarp on a roof across the way flap in the wind. You slept, so it was my secret. It was a smear of the quotidian, a bright blue flake amidst all the dank providence. It was the only time I came. It was essentially our lives. It was shaking.

2. Speedboat (Renata Adler) Random House, 1971, to be re-released NYRB Classics in 2013 – Darkly comic, energetic dispatches from a disjointed social reality of decades past that in many ways, resembles our own. A witty, abrupt, cool-eyed assessment of the people, places, and times of a young journalist in the late 1960s: 
Nobody died that year. Nobody prospered. There were no births of marriages. Seventeen reverent satires were written – disrupting a cliche and, presumably, creating a genre. That was a dream, of course, but many of the most important things, I find, are the ones learned in your sleep.

3. Alien vs. Predator (Michael Robbins) Penguin Books, 2012 – These poems are exuberant and fearless and sharp. They suggest an utter giddy freedom with their unexpected juxtapositions and high culture/low culture mash-ups. They are vulgar and witty. They are playfulness and swagger. There is bravado and importantly, there’s also great heart: 
The Smallest Accredited Zoo in the Nation
Let’s go to Laurie in our Eye in the Sky
for a look at traffic. Thanks, Don.
It’s an hour in from the Hut of Intelligent Design
to the saddest tapir in the nation.
Nothing left of the Sharper Image but ashes.
All fall down, Laurie? All fall down, Don.

4. Are You My Mother? (Alison Bechdel) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 – Beautiful graphic novel that explores the author’s relationship with her mother. It is heady, weaving in literary criticism and psychology, but its emotional power comes from a careful and rigorous treatment of her own motivations and actions and a great sense of empathy and compassion for her family members, who are presented as whole and complicated people. Haunting and memorable: 
My depression at age twenty-six lasted only a few weeks. But as a child I used to experience occasional fleeting pangs of a terrible sadness. They almost happened in church… As an adult, I have continued to experience these brief spasms of melancholy — and worse — on some of the rare occasions I’ve attended church… and also sometimes after sex.

5. Three Novels (Agota Kristof) in collection, Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 1997 – A trilogy of three short novels: the Notebookthe Proof, and the Lie. Stark and brutal, the prose is stripped of all sentimentality, which makes the descriptions of the horrors of wartime all the more shocking and haunting. These books interrogate the nature of identity and truth and the act of storytelling itself: 
One day we hang our cat, a ginger tom, from the branch of a tree. As he hangs, he stretches and grows enormous. He has spasms and convulsions. When he isn’t moving anymore, we cut him down. He lies sprawled on the grass, motionless, then suddenly gets up and runs off.  “Don’t worry, Grandmother, we’ll take care of the mice.” We make traps and down the mice we catch in boiling water.

WALLPIECE I-III, 2009. burnt sugar (liquid), Maple, MDF, swimmingpool coating.

80 x 60 x 3,5 cm.
35 x 45 x 3 cm.
120 x 90 x 4 cm.

An object whose volume consists of viscid burnt sugar, melted due to air moisture while being another work of art. Put on the wall immediately before the opening reception, the content slowly starts to flow out. exhibit view

Installation by Jonas Etter.

Sing Your Life: Morrissey's Autobiography - ANOBIUM

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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,” Oscar Wilde wrote in “The Critic as Artist” in 1890. “Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” And there is no better arena to see this observation in practice than popular music, awash as it is with characters that perform, in song and on stage, those thoughts, feelings and ideas that most resonate with our lives and our selves. Whether we guessed his name or not, we really want Lucifer to have moves like Jagger, and Bowie to be floating in his tin can high above the world, and any number of hardcore punks to be the rage-filled political revolutionaries that they lyrically portray themselves to be. It is the mask that excites us, that draws us in, that gets in our ears and our hearts in equal measure and it is ultimately the mask that keeps us coming back to that song, that story, that moment. But it doesn’t last, and so we endeavor to find meaning behind the mask and motivation behind the music. “Reader,” as Morrissey, singer, songwriter and creative force behind the seminal UK band The Smiths, once sang, “meet author.”

$100 AMAZON GIFT CARD CONTEST!

To correspond with our release of Sebastian’s Relativity by Jonathan Greenhause, we are giving away $100 in Amazon credit and a FREE COPY OF ANOBIUM: VOLUME 1 (which features writing from Jonathan Greenhause, Joe Meno, and many others) [MSRP $12]. You can use the Amazon credit to buy a Shake Weight™, a Guardian Angel (to promote organ regeneration), or a Twin Peaks VHS collection. You can use A:V1 to explore your inner-space or set your table straight.

Starting today, (Oct. 17, 2011) and ending on Oct. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM (CST), you have four different ways to participate in the contest. Each contest option counts as one entry. [That means you can have up to four entries!]

Here are your options:

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We would also like to encourage you to follow our fundraising progress for Sebastian’s Relativity, a new chapbook of poetry by Jonathan Greenhause, designed by Jacob van Loon. Less than sixty of these extremely limited-edition books are left for pre-order, and there are a lot of amazing benefits associated with your choice to support Jonathan Greenhause, Jacob van Loon, and independent publishing.

The winner will be notified and announced on November 1st, 2011. We don’t like making people wait.

Good luck!

[This contest is being supported and funded by the generosity of Golden Prairie Consulting, LLC.]

Pat Perry on Education and Motivation

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“I was going to work just as hard in the arts as if I was in the medical field,” Perry said.  At some point during his third year, he didn’t feel the [art] program offered him anything of value.  “I understood that everyone was in a different place as an artist.  It wasn’t about natural talent but about how bad someone wanted it.  I constantly pushed myself and ended up making more work outside of school than in school.  Many of my classmates weren’t putting in the same effort.”  America, to Perry, had tied the notion of success with attending college, resulting in millions of kids who hate reading and writing spending thousands of dollars a year to go to college (many who drop out and carry around debt like an albatross).  Perry noted that the status quo is backwards.  “Eighteen-year-olds don’t need a reason not to go to college.  They need a reason to go.  If anyone is going to pay all that money, it better be for a good reason.  Only when someone knows where they want to go can they take the first step in that direction.  College is too expensive for wandering.”

Read more here

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“The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice,” says Québécois artist Guy Laramée. His four-page CV details only a portion of his artistic career, which has included exhibits, collections, essays, interdisciplinary performances, and sculpture, stands as a testament to his dedication to art as a style of living.

I first learned of Laramee’s work through his photogenic Great Wall project. For this project, Laramee carved sculptures and landscapes into the books (photos of which are interspersed in this piece) comprising a hundred-volume historiographic series about the so-called “Great Wall of America.”

I contacted Laramee to ask if he would be open to a conversation about his work, and the work of art in general. What follows is the first part of a four-part conversation culled from a month-long e-mail interchange between Laramee and I where we talk about ideology, culture, belief, and most importantly, existence.

Read the interview here.

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