Electric Literature: Fake Authenticity Is Toxic, and So Are Iowa-Style Writing Workshops

Electric Literature: Fake Authenticity Is Toxic, and So Are Iowa-Style Writing Workshops

“Authenticity Games” by Laura M. Martin I discovered Connection Games in 2021, after moving out of the townhome I shared with a man I’d met in my MFA program. I left the relationship and the confines of the small conservative town I worked in (though I kept the job, academic work is hard to come […]

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Electric Literature: A Perfect Body Wasn’t the Right Shape For Me

Electric Literature: A Perfect Body Wasn’t the Right Shape For Me

“Public Parts” by Dayna Mahannah For the first hour, I sat alone on a stool with my cheese slices, enclosed in a private corner nook of classroom A046, wearing pool sandals and a trench coat. I could overhear the students introducing themselves. For some, it was their first life drawing class; others were charcoal-cuticled vets. […]

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Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

“AM I A LESBIAN?” by Rachael Marie Walker Well, well, well. Look at you, @teen-w00lf, back again. You’ve taken this quiz sixteen times. How many times can quiz creator @leavebritneyalone696969 tell you what you are? What are you so afraid of?  It’s up to you if you want to continue. Remember: These quizzes are just […]

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Electric Literature: I Don’t Have To Choose Between Writing About Myself And Writing About The World

Electric Literature: I Don’t Have To Choose Between Writing About Myself And Writing About The World

I was balancing a plate of honeydew in the green room of a book festival when I walked by a white man bemoaning the state of the publishing industry. The man wore a suit, and he spoke to a white woman; both of them looked to be in their 40s. As the man speared a […]

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Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

“Erotic Bodywork” by Mark Bessen Standing in line at the H-E-B checkout, I’m mindlessly deleting emails when a photo of a naked, pornographically hot beefcake stretched out on a massage table illuminates my screen. I recoil and quickly pull the front of my jacket around the phone, worried I’ll scandalize a wayward shopper, or worse, […]

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