Blog archive vol. 61

You made it!  It’s failbetter volume 61.  As you’ve noticed, things are a little bit different around here

Everyone hates the new failbetter redesign

"Ugh," you say out loud as soon as you load the page.  "Who thought this was a good idea?  Really?  It took just about a year to come up with this?"

Passing This Along...George Saunders "On Story"

Had to give a shout out to a brilliant piece by fb alum, George Saunders

Q & A with failbetter Poet Kit Frick

With poetry, I almost always start with a notebook and pencil

Q & A with failbetter Poet Amy Woolard

Is there anything Amy Woolard can’t do? After having the chance to sit down with the poet-writer-attorney-advocate, we at failbetter have decided probably not. With a slew of accomplishments under her belt, including degrees from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Virginia School of Law, and VCU Brandcenter, as well as authoring poetry and essays that have appeared in some of the best venues around, Amy Woolard is a woman setting both the poetry and political scene on fire

Pushcart Nominees for 2015

Congrats to this year's fb Pushcart nominees...

Q & A with failbetter Poet Nancy Reddy

Our own Angela Apte sat down recently with fb poet alum, Nancy Reddy, to talk about a few things, including her recently published first collection of poems, Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions)...

Suggested Reading for Characters on The Walking Dead

Carl Grimes – Haunted pre-teen Carl would probably find Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian a hilarious romp...

Game of Thrones...and Our Decline in Reading

Game of Thrones...and Our Telling Decline in Reading...


Last night I attended the first annual AWP Costume Parade and Ball. Prizes were given for best-all-around, most creative, and best team costumes. I didn’t win a prize, but I did get a bad burn on my face when a man dressed as George Eliot threw a lit candle at me when I pointed out that George Eliot was actually the pen name of a woman named Mary Ann Evans.

“You think I don’t know that?” the guy said. “I’m a fucking tenured professor at an Ivy League school. It’s in Boston. That’s all I’ll say.”