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Some gifts are hoped for; some gifts we can't anticipate
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Priya Keefe
July 2012
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Written by
Priya Keefe
July 2012

    When I feel discouraged, I remember an accomplishment.  This could be moving to a new area and taking risks to learn the town and meet people.  Or it could mean publication or a kind word from someone. 

    As I am sending out my writing again, I will inevitably face more rejections/disappointments. It helps to remember that my book was a finalist in the 2011 Emergency Press International Book Contest.

    Emergency Press is a great destination for hybrid works. They published Aaron Dietz's Super, a book with powers. Take a look at a page of Super on Aaron's website and you'll see what I mean.

    The Emergency Press website says they publish "explorative books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and emergent forms that fall outside traditional categories."  If you write work that isn't easily categorized, check out Emergency Press.

    One of the gifts of my MFA program at Goddard College was shaking off genre constraints. Like any label, genre can be a helpful or harmful designation. It becomes harmful when we allow it to limit us. If you haven't yet, check out some hybrid literature such as Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse.

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