Rave on, Writers!

2012 Holiday Wishes from TW




And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song.
And I say to my heart: rave on."

— Mary Oliver

It's the season of giving and good cheer and golden lights. But in recent days, we’ve also felt great sorrow, mourning the events at a Connecticut elementary school. Like so many, we hold our children close, bury our noses in their hair. Life’s alternating mix of love and grief can bring us to our knees.

And yet, we TW editors believe that a passionate engagement with the world—and an acknowledgment of all we can’t control—fuels the best writing and art. It’s why we started Talking Writing. It’s why creating this magazine together is such a joy.

We have many hopes for next year: a solid budget, a new website design, a TW print anthology, a chance to meet many of you at the AWP conference in Boston this March.

We have big thanks to offer as well: to our wonderful writers and artists; to our ever-inspirational staff; to our loyal subscribers; to everyone who has donated time, creative work, and funds to Talking Writing in 2012.

Please join us now in continuing to secure TW's future. Help us rave on. For your end-of-year charitable donations, make a contribution in any amount—and know that your gift matters.

We have other wishes, far less tangible but equally real:

  • May we greet all challenges with courage and love.
  • May we communicate the joy of creating to every person we meet.
  • May we live truly, always, and never walk in fear.

Rave on, all you artists and writers and readers and dreamers.
Keep typing your songs. Keep writing, even when it takes you to unknown worlds. We are all the better for it.

Here's to a creative and bountiful 2013! — Martha Nichols and Elizabeth Langosy


Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
     keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be

— Mary Oliver


Poetry excerpts: The lines above the leaf photo are from "Messenger" and the opening lines are from "A Pretty Song" in Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press, 2006).

With a nod to Van Morrison's "Rave on, John Donne." And special thanks to Lois and Jeff Shelden for permission to use their images here and in many other issues of TW.



I am breaking my vow to stay away from the computer for Christmas week in order to chime in and say that it's one of my greatest pleasures to be part of the Talking Writing family. This year, I have learned so much from the editorial staff--Elizabeth, Martha, and Karen, especially--and from my fellow writers. Each week, as we post new material, I am excited to see what the marvelous artists who write and produce art for TW have to say.
I wish everyone a joyous 2013. Yes. 2012 has been a tough issue in the world, but in an attempt to remain the eternal optimist, I have great hopes that 2013 will bring us a step closer to justice and peace, not only in our neighborhoods, but in the world. And, to my fellow artists, I wish you a prouctive, joyous year of creation.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this.
And yes, I agree, a special shout out to Jeff and Lois Shelden, whose photos never fail to astound me.

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