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 has also taught creative writing throughout Madison, in the adult education program at Edgewood College, as poet-in-residence in elementary schools, and in programs for senior citizens. Angela is the lead judge for the 2010 Wisconsin People and Ideas contest. 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 flash fiction is published or forthcoming in Short Fast & Deadly, elimae, 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 recent fiction and flash fiction pubs:
"Sink or Swim" The Portland Review (winner of the review's Flash Fiction Friday conest, November 2012)
"Brushing Death's Hair" Indiana Review
"The Lawns of the Moon"
recommended read, Where the Words Wendt
"Shoebox like a Coffin" Staccato Fiction
"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
"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."