February 5th, 2014
Robert Wrigley talks with Normal Editorial Intern Jennifer Dean about his new book, The Anatomy of Melancholy (Penguin 2013), and the essential foolishness of writing poetry. "It’s the lunatic difficulty of the art that addicts one to pursuing it. If it were easy, well, why would anyone do it? So, in a sense, writing poems at all is an essential foolishness. The key in that phrase, however, is the modifier. Essential. Once you’re committed to making poems, you will continue to be foolish." Check out the full interview.
December 19th, 2013
The Normal School offers Kristen Radtke's "City of the Century" for your reading pleasure. Read about ruins, Gary Indiana, and an "urban explorer" named Seth in this graphic treat. We were happy to publish this essay in our latest issue. Trust us, graphic essays are Normal.
December 16th, 2013
Hey Normals! We're closed for regular submissions but our 2014 Normal Prize Contest has just kicked off and is open for your submissions. $20 gets you a year subscription plus a chance to win publication and $1000. Our judges are Ander Monson (nonfiction), Roxane Gay (fiction), and Eduardo Corral (poetry). Submit early. Submit often. Be Normal.
ISSUE #11 OUT NOW!
December 4th, 2013
We're all kinds of excited about our latest issue. It features fiction by George Singleton, an essay by Lia Purpura, essays on film and music by our regular columnists Phillip Lopate and Joe Bonomo, the winners of our Normal Prize, and much much more. You can pick up a digital copy over in our library or you could always subscribe.
November 4th, 2013
Normal Associate Poetry Editor Stacey Balkun asks award-winning poet Jamaal May five questions on the role of poetry in social change, the process of constructing a collection of poems, and more. When asked of the potential of poetry to save the world, May responds, "Poetry, along with every other art, is a tool for teaching and expanding empathy. Violence and injustice cannot endure empathy." Read the full interview here.