Anything that gets you writing is a good thing. Taken in that light, I’m happy that I spent 3 years earning an MFA. Was the MFA degree totally useful? Probably not. Then again, I didn’t apply for or accept an MFA thinking I would use it as an academic stepping stone to a Ph.D or something like that—I know some people do. But my writing and life philosophy is that after a certain amount of years in school it’s best to move
So proud to give Caitlin's first publication a home in NUNUM's Winter 2018 Issue. Had no idea when we accepted it but after seeing her 'Surplus Male' piece, I've no doubt this is but one of the many gems Caitlin is going to through out into the world.
Anita Goveas slid us a wonderfully insightful piece for our Winter 2018. 'Sideways' blended into a doodle in our pages and became the anchor story with which we ended our first year of telling stories.
Alex Wells Shapiro lent NUNUM a few of his charcoal pieces to blend with Caitlin Bagwell's story 'Surplus Male' and together they came right up against what we strive for with every piece we release, a little bit of insightful madness.
Scientists carry out experiments to support or refute hypotheses. A good hypothesis is something that is easily testable, such as: A student enrolled in an MFA in Creative Writing program will produce 100x more pages in one year than an amateur writer with a similar level of experience and skill. Unfortunately, I have no data regarding the pages produced by writers who are and aren’t enrolled in MFA programs. All I have is my own subjective experience, which is this: I transformed from a person too scared to
Russell Helms shared his take on yuletide shenanigans with his story 'Holiday Resolve' in our Fall 2018 issue. Could be happier to have Russell with us and the voice and direction of his story really brought this issue together. Perhaps not coincidentally Russell became one of NUNUM's nominees for this year's Pushcart Prize.
We couldn't have been happier when Catherine's work appeared here, it was the one thing we'd been waiting for to pull 'Frogs' together in just the symbiotic kind way we love to do things here. Catherine has lived in the Northwest most of her life, a graduate of Stanford University, who has always been drawn to the arts.
John Van Kirk made us here at NUNUM take another look at the choices we've made with his subltely provocative introspective piece 'Tool Box for Table' which featured in our Fall 2018 issue. Combining John's story with the inherent sense of discovery tactilely brushed into the art of Alexis Avlamis allowed for an interplay between the two that just looped round round until we ended up with one of our best pieces of the year.