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Tortured Willows, Skydiving, and the Magic of Poetry

Hello friends and fiends,  Today in The Madhouse, I'm excited to share a guest post by Geneve Flynn in celebration of the upcoming poetry collection, Tortured Willows, a collaborative effort from  Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn.  On Being a Baby Poet and Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Plane by  Geneve Flynn I once paid money to jump out of a perfectly good plane. As I walked to the tiny aircraft, I started to have serious doubts. The weather was glorious: typical Australian sunshine and endless blue skies. It seemed much more sensible to stay on the ground and enjoy being alive for longer than the next hour. “Don’t worry.” My tandem skydiving instructor grinned as he did a final check on my harness. “You’ll be strapped to me, and I’ll be looking after myself.” The terror of imminent, splattery death evaporated, leaving behind the fierce buzz of adrenaline. We circled up to ten thousand feet. When he asked if I was ready, I said yes. We s

August '21 Madhouse Recap

Hello friends and fiends— August is always a hectic month, but we’re here, we’re moving, and school is back in session baby! I’ll be teaching seven classes during the fall semester…yes, you heard that correctly. Seven! They’ll be filled with horror, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night, and I’m beyond excited to dig into the material and have some great discussions with my students. In my undergraduate short story class, I always start us off with a deep dive into Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s work, and we’re tackling her masterpiece “The Yellow Wallpaper” to kick things off. We’re at the midterm point in my MFA class on editing via Southern New Hampshire, and then I started advising two thesis students at WCSU as well. Also on deck at WCSU is a class on horror and the mystery novel, and then a class on middle-grade literature and speculative poetry. If you’re interested in the reading list for the horror/mystery course, we’ll be reading: The Final Girl Support Group by Gr