ANGELA RYDELL teaches creative writing for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, including Write by the Lake, Weekend with Your Novel, Rhinelander's School of the Arts, and the annual Writers' Institute conference. She's also taught creative writing in programs throughout Madison, including the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival & Edgewood College, and worked as a poet-in-residence in elementary schools. Angela has been the lead judge for the Wisconsin People and Ideas contest, a guest editor for The Midwest Prairie Review, and is currently a participating judge for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2014. Her poetry can be read in issues of Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review , The Sun Magazine, Poets & Writers, Wisconsin People & Ideas and other journals. Her fiction has won The Portland Review Flash Friday contest, received honorable mention in New Millennium Writings Awards and was a finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Prize, Passages North's Neutrino Short-Short Prize and the Grey Sparrow Journal Flash Fiction contest. Read her fiction in Indiana Review, Short Fast & Deadly, Daily Science Fiction, Whiskey Island Magazine, Inkwell, and the Fast Forward Press collection The Incredible Shrinking Story, among other journals and anthologies. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Warren Wilson College and lives in Madison, WI with her husband, science-fiction writer Brendan Day.
Angela's fiction and flash fiction pubs
"How to Kill a Witch" Northville Review
"Sink or Swim" The Portland Review (winner of the review's Flash Fiction Friday contest)
"Brushing Death's Hair" Indiana Review
"The Lawns of the Moon"
recommended read, Where the Words Wendt
"Shoebox like a Coffin" Staccato Fiction
"Instant Gratification" Inkwell
"The Cream Inside the Oreo" Storyglossia
"The Art of Adultery" dogzplot
"On the Threshold" Danse Macabre
"So I Dropped a Trojan Snagged from Health Class" The Citron Review
recommended read, Dark Sky Magazine (for some reason this story's categorized as non-fiction--but it's fiction! really, it is!)
"The Dead Won't Tell" Six Sentences
Angela's poetry on the web:
nominated for a Pushcart Prize
kudos for the review, and the poem, in The Review Review
"I'm Alone and You're a Bottle" Barrow Street
"Midlife Crisis" Barrow Street
"Eve's Reasons" The Ante Review
"Two Million Flowers Mean One Pound of Honey" Crab Orchard Review
Some Writing Advice from Editors and Writers
Advice from Setphen Corey, editor of the Georgia Review, on statistics, or "horror-story calculations" in Poets & Writers Project Litmag, May-June 2008.
"What's worth noting--if you're a good writer--is that these statistics are misleaing and unnecessarily intimidating, because the bulk of what we receive is not good at all. The competitive pool is very small, and across the past twenty-five years I have not seen any appreciable increase in its relative size, despite burgeoning creative writing programs, spell-check and rudimentary grammar-check software, summertime writers conferences, private writing mentors, and online writing workshops... If you are truly serious about writing distinctive work that will make its mark, slow down.... A great poem or story or essay is not a line on a vita, a selling point in a job intereview, or a ticket to tenure. Any person who writes one great poem or story or essay per year for twenty years will take his or her pace on the short list of the finest writers of all time. Slow down. Read voluminously, year after year, both for pleasure and to be reminded of all that you must not do, and all that you must exceed, in order to make your own, special, indelible mark."