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Social Media Lessons From History's Great Writers

Social Media Lessons From History's Great Writers | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Success on social media has a lot to do with how you write, but more importantly your strategy and process. We can learn a lot from history's great writers.
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Social Media Lessons From History's Great Writers - http://ow.ly/xka5k “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” - Hemingway

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Currents in Traditional, and Contemporary Literature and Poetry--And Then Some
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Blue Hypnotic Martinis, Enovap and Connected Vaping | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons

Blue Hypnotic Martinis, Enovap and Connected Vaping | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
An initial look at Enovap, a crowdfunded and cloud-connected vaping device designed to control nicotine delivery. Provided by eCigClick.co.uk
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the emotional orphan

I Wish I’d Learned To Dance I wish I’d learned to dance. Some days, I believe it could have been that simple. To walk into the crowded party, alert you I was there by my presence, and the power o
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Announcement: Pre-Launch Coupon Code | REELCASE

Announcement: Pre-Launch Coupon Code | REELCASE | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Pre-Launch Coupon Code for the ReelCase a 28 inch integrated retractable lockable lanyard stay protected & connected on the go during your busy active life.
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I had a chance to see the prototype models of the ReelCase and it is wonderful. Never fear dropping your phone again, AND keep it accessible. If you're a writer, iPhotographer, or you live with a sense of adventure ReelCase is for you. 

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Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia

Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
A landmark study found that a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy made greater strides in patient recovery than the usual drug-focused treatments.
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A landmark schizophrenia study recommends lowering drug dosages and increasing therapy

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The Poetry Circus is coming! 

The Poetry Circus is coming!  | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Poet Society is so excited to run away with the POETRY CIRCUS for the 2nd year in a row! We're going to meet poetic spectacle at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, this Saturday afternoon.    We will have a table at the event and we'd love to see you! We're bringing books, LAPS event calendars, a cariacturist, mime, belly dancer, and more! This is your creative community on PARADE!   Hightlights include at reading from LA's Poet LAureate, Luis J. Rodriguez, while you take a seat o
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The #Poetry Circus is coming Sept. 19! Extended deadline LAPS Contest! http://ow.ly/SpNnG

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How to “memorize” a book in 5 easy steps — Medium

How to “memorize” a book in 5 easy steps — Medium | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
There are few feelings I hate more than having read a book and not remembering anything about it. It’s usually a waste of time for all but…
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This is a remarkable tactic

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Johns Hopkins Faces $1B Lawsuit for STD Experiments on People of Color

Johns Hopkins Faces $1B Lawsuit for STD Experiments on People of Color | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
A lawsuit filed this week alleges Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation helped conduct similar experiments in Guatemala from 1945 to 1956.
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This is how much Billionaires, and the Healthcare Monopolies care about us all. History remains...

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who was backing the testing!

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The 11 Best UK Poets You've Never Heard Of

The 11 Best UK Poets You've Never Heard Of | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
...including one you should read again, you lazy git.
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You should look up Fran Lock, UK Best Poets Collection 2012, Collection "The Mystic and The Pig Thief"  from SALT and thesmithyofmysoul.tumblr.com

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The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far

The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
No poem in the preceding decade captured the spirit of the times more than Frederick Seidel's "December." The product of a Faustian pact, it fixed itself in a fiendish dialectic, a self-canceling l...
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Fran Lock’s ‘Melpomene': modern muse, traveller woman | The Poetry Society

Fran Lock’s ‘Melpomene': modern muse, traveller woman | The Poetry Society | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
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Simply the best in Modern Contemporary Poetry.... Hands Down...

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CLICK HERE to support Melissa & Maximo

CLICK HERE to support Melissa & Maximo | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Dr. Melissa Alvarado, who wants to return to California, but is currently in Nebraska, has gone through a custody nightmare with the state of Nebraska over her young son Maximo. And her status as a poet has been held against her.

Maximo (see above) was seized and custody taken by state of Nebraska.
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Melissa & Maximo ... Support the Arts? Then support the artist. #poetry#endoppression ow.ly/L6GaC

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5 Things to Do (And Not Do) to Support Someone with Depression

5 Things to Do (And Not Do) to Support Someone with Depression | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Depression is a drag. And while raising awareness is great, we've got a ways to go when it comes to compassionately treating people with depression like they have a serious illness. At the end of the day, we need people around us who understand our illness and how best to interact with us. So h
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How I Started Vaping: Personal Story by Jack Varnell | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons

How I Started Vaping: Personal Story by Jack Varnell | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
How I got into Vaping - Sharing my journey into vaping & what made me make the switch. Do you have a story? Did vaping change your life? Share it with us today.
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The Sponsor A Smoker Movement | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons

The Sponsor A Smoker Movement | Best E Cigarette Reviews 2016, E Cig Vape Brand Comparisons | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
JT of #Vapestars fame on The Sponsor A Smoker Movement.
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My friend JT from @ItsVapestars on the Sponsor A Smoker Stop Smoking Campaign...
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TS Eliot prize row: is winner too young, beautiful - and Chinese?

TS Eliot prize row: is winner too young, beautiful - and Chinese? | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Poet Sarah Howe’s 2016 TS Eliot prize win has been questioned by a sexist and sceptical literary press, but as the activity around the #derangedpoetess hashtag shows, we poets have had enough
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T-Bone, Santa, and the Refrigerator Boxes — Medium

T-Bone, Santa, and the Refrigerator Boxes — Medium | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
“The best Christmas ever consisted of roaming the streets of Atlanta, knocking on cardboard houses, and handing out pean…
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The President Asked Us to Compare Deaths From Terrorism and Gun Violence. Here Are the Numbers

The President Asked Us to Compare Deaths From Terrorism and Gun Violence. Here Are the Numbers | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
After the mass murder at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, it's time to get real when it comes to firearm fatalities in this country.
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" it's time to get real"

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Talking Paper Interview Series: A. Razor

Talking Paper Interview Series: A. Razor | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
A. Razor is a writer and poet based in Los Angeles, who co-founded Punk
Hostage Press with fellow writer Iris Berry in 2012, and literary outreach
non-profit Words as Works soon after. Born in Brooklyn, but raised in
California, Razor has lived a turbulent life that has included periods of
homelessness and prison incarceration. Yet a consistent dedication to his
personal writing process has remained a therapeutic constant and has
produced a prolific literary output. First published as a te
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Charles Bukowski: distortion of a dissident poet?

Charles Bukowski: distortion of a dissident poet? | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it

Charles Bukowski: distortion of a dissident poet? -- "A new Bukowski is set to emerge, free of his editor's heavy hand".http://ow.ly/RXJAG

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Phil Klay and Claudia Rankine among finalists for PEN literary awards

Phil Klay and Claudia Rankine among finalists for PEN literary awards | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Iraq War veteran Phil Klay continues to win accolades for “Redeployment,” a story collection based on his experience as a Marine. The book won a National Book Award last fall and a National Book Critics Circle Award in March, and on Thursday morning “Redeployment” was named a finalist for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction.

Among the many other PEN literary awards finalists announced in New York is Claudia Rankine. “Citizen,” her book of prose poetry about race and racism in America, will compete for the $5,000 PEN/Open Book Award, given to “an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color.” Like Klay, Rankine also won a NBCC award last month.

Claudia Rankine (Photo credit John Lucas)
The PEN American Center confers annual prizes in a number of categories, including essays, science writing, first books and books in translation. Most of the winners — along with several career awards — will be announced May 13, but a few will not be revealed until the ceremony on June 8.

In a statement released Thursday, Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN American Center, said, “These shortlists represent a literary treasure trove including both beloved and well-known names as well as new writers for whom simply making the list can itself help begin to make a new writing career.”

Here are all the finalists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards:

$25,000 Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction — to an author whose debut work — a first novel or collection of short stories — represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise:
• “The UnAmericans,” by Molly Antopol (Norton)
• “Ruby,” by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth)
• “Redeployment,” by Phil Klay (Penguin Press)
• “The Dog,” by Jack Livings (Farrar Straus Giroux)
• “Love Me Back,” by Merritt Tierce  (Doubleday)

(Courtesy of Graywolf Press)
$10,0000 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay — for a book of essays published in 2014 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature:
• “Moral Imagination,” by David Bromwich (Princeton University Press)
• “Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War,” by Ian Buruma (New York Review Books)
• “Loitering,” by Charles D’Ambrosio (Tin House)
• “The Empathy Exams,” by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf)
• “Limber,” by Angela Pelster (Sarabande)

$10,000 E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award — for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences:
• “War of the Whales,” by Joshua Horwitz (Simon & Schuster)
• “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World,” by Steven Johnson (Riverhead)
• “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)
• “The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era,” by Craig Nelson (Scribner)
• “Proof: The Science of Booze,” by Adam Rogers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


$10,000 John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction — to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues:
• “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Danielle Allen (Liveright)
• “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth,” by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru (Crown Archetype)
• “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” by Sheri Fink (Crown)
• “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster,” by Jonathan M. Katz (Palgrave Macmillan)
• “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster)

(Courtesy of Grove/Black Cat)
$5,000 Open Book Award — for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color:
• “An Unnecessary Woman,” by Rabih Alameddine (Grove)
• “Every Day Is for the Thief,” by Teju Cole (Random House)
• “An Untamed State,” by Roxane Gay (Black Cat)
• “Citizen: An American Lyric,” by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)
• “The City Son,” by Samrat Upadhyay (Soho)

$5,000 Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography — for a distinguished biography:
• “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson,” by S. C. Gwynne (Scribner)
• “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League,” by Jeff Hobbs (Scribner)
• “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” by Charles Marsh (Knopf)
• “The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court,” by Anna Whitelock (Sarah Crichton)
• “Piero’s Light: In Search of Piero della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion,” by Larry Witham (Pegasus)

(Courtesy of Scribner)
$5,000 ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing — to honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports:
• “Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard,” by John Branch (Norton)
• “Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500,” by Art Garner (Thomas Dunne)
• “All Fishermen are Liars,” by John Gierach (Simon & Schuster)
• “Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World,” by Nicholas Griffin (Scribner)
• “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves,” by James Nestor (Eamon Dolan)

$3,000 Poetry in Translation — for a book-length translation of poetry into English:
• “Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream,” by Kim Hyesoon, translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi (Action)
• “I Am the Beggar of the World,” translated from the Pashto by Eliza Griswold (Farrar Straus Giroux)
• “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” by Juana Inés de la Cruz, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman (Norton)
• “Breathturn into Timestead,” by Paul Celan, translated from the German by Pierre Joris (Farrar Straus Giroux)
• “Guantanamo,” by Frank Smith, translated from the Spanish by Vanessa Place (Les Figues)

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Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life

Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Emma Bolden - Ruben Cukier Melancholy Inside Gardens This sadness doesn’t curl inside the fact that the blossoms will die so much as the fact that they have blossomed, ...
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Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life ow.ly/NWFL6 #pOETRY #aRT#sOMETIMEScATS

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This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments

This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
The 24me Apple Watch app allows users to tap a pay feature when reviewing tasks on the Apple Watch. The app is an extension of 24me’s iOS application.
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This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments ow.ly/LHoUi

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National Poetry Competition 2014 - 3rd Prize. Last Exit to Luton by Fran Lock on Vimeo

In a collaboration between The Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the winning poems of the National Poetry Competition 2014 have been reimagined as filmpoems.…
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3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In

3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk lately critiquing call-out culture – and a lot of the concerns are valid. But is calling in always the answer? Or can that sometimes reproduce oppression inside social justice movements? Read this to get the lowdown on when each approach might be useful by centering
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