THE PARAGON JOURNAL BLOG 

August 17, 2017

Summer slips by like sand through a child’s fingers, and I wonder where the time went. Just last night I was writing my first blog post, or was it twelve weeks ago? As a college student, summer maintains a special significance, but freedom from class doesn’t mean freed...

August 8, 2017

I wrote previously about how I love collecting rejection letters. Some of my favorites came from an online literary magazine called The Adroit Journal. Now that’s not to say that this journal sends out particularly unique rejection letters. In fact, theirs are pretty s...

July 18, 2017

Emily Dickinson was one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century. Hers is a name that even non-writers seem universally familiar with, and as for those people with a penchant for reading and writing, her work—famous for its innovative use of dashes—has c...

July 7, 2017

“Em, are you ready to go yet?”

“Just a second, I have to check my email.”

“Again? Really?”

“I can’t help it! I’m waiting on a rejection letter.”

The above conversation has probably occurred in my household at least seven times, and why not? Someone read my writing, said, “...

June 30, 2017

In 2013 Maureen Sullivan, then-president of the American Library Association, published an article on the Huffington Post discussing her concern for the ongoing funding of school libraries. She argued the necessity of such libraries, writing that, “Librarians teach ess...

June 23, 2017

When I was fifteen, I felt lost, and that was hardly unusual. Who knows who they are at fifteen, much less who they’re going to be? The popular crowd? I didn’t even know who they were. My nerd friends? Definitely not. Those smart kids in my AP gov. class who wouldn’t g...

May 31, 2017

You have to admit that physical books have a certain sensuality to them—that warm paper smell, that swishing sound when you flip them open, the crease where you dog-eared a page because you couldn’t find your bookmark or a spare post-it note. I know that when I was a k...

May 21, 2017

It’s nice to meet you, anonymous Internet user! My name is Em—Em because there are many Emilys and slightly fewer Ems—and I’m going to be interning with The Paragon Journal this summer. It’ll be my pleasure to help promote new and emerging writers here, and I’m so exci...

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