A Few Tiny Steps Towards an Improved Writing Space at WordPress.com

A Few Tiny Steps Towards an Improved Writing Space at WordPress.com

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Today we’re proud to unveil some design changes to the WordPress.com editor. It has the same great features you’ve come to expect, but with a cleaner, more refined experience — and a few new improvements, like a distraction-free writing mode.

image Welcome to our new distraction-free writing experience. We hope you enjoy it.

To give you a tour, I chatted with the two people who helped to create it. Joen Asmussen and Matías Ventura are two Europe-based computational designers at Automattic who have been designing different aspects of the WordPress.com experience over the past six years. It’s certainly come a long way from its very first prototype:

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The New Sanctuary Movement Comes to My Neighborhood


img_3225“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”
― Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Given the current divisive atmosphere and mean narratives, I feel compelled some evenings to share information and inspiration on topics other than poetry, which support our shared ideals.

In a courageous and compassionate move two faith organizations in my neighborhood just announced that their congregations have voted by overwhelming majorities to give physical sanctuary to vulnerable neighbors, the kind of move that has growing support across the United States under the banner of The New Sanctuary Movement, a movement with historic roots in human sanctuary (as opposed to spiritual sanctuary) in England, 600 A.D. This latest revival is a renewal of the 80s Sanctuary Movement in the U.S.

In the 1980s faith organizations were responsible for transporting and sheltering some 500,000 escaping the violence in Central America. Hundreds of congregations sheltered refugees and moved them to the U.S…

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We Survive amid Chaos

Great poems


Friends are finding this a tough time of year. Winter stretches on, spring beckons slowly. Illnesses major and minor and political troubles aside, it is slow going for many of us. We all know about fear and  not wanting to face up to what happens next, or of struggling to keep up a situation that by its nature has no permanence.

Gary Beck sets the mood of an ordinary day, actually quite cheery that builds up to a sense of pointlessness or disaster to come. In similar light is our awareness of ageing, as shown with some reality and humour in Merryn Williams’ poem.

Ian Blake gives us a more peaceful older figure in the retired professor, who has protected himself from chaos with his bookish routine appearances at the library.

We can be confused and filled with doubt in midstream, as when Vivien Jones asks What Time is it?  

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview — Jet Fuel Review, DEADLINE: Mar. 15, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

16426015_1485220514822989_1240988289660125953_nJet Fuel Review is a literary journal based in Romeoville, IL that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork biannually.

I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked Managing Editor Sam Gennett a few questions to find out. See my interview with Gennett and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Jet Fuel Review.

GENNETT: Our mission is to publish high-quality writing and artwork from all over the nation (and sometimes the globe). JFR also seeks to connect with the literary world through our blog where editors write about a variety of artistic medias (i.e. literature, art, film, music). The link to our blog is: https://lewislitjournal.wordpress.com/

HOPKINSON: How/why was Jet Fuel Review originally started?

GENNETT: JFR was founded by Lewis University alum, Mary Egan, in 2011. The original intent of JFR was to showcase and promote contemporary literature…

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