Alice Osborn

Write from the Inside Out

How to Stop Being a Serious Poet

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

How to Stop Being a Serious Poet

If you attend a Tyler Johnson poetry reading you are guaranteed to be entertained. Tyler, of Carrboro, North Carolina, is an accomplished musician on the guitar, mandolin and banjo, as well as a seasoned folk and contra dancer. At his readings, he will get you moving with his melodies. Our paths crossed when he found out I’m an Irish dancer who is also an aspiring traditional fiddle player. With...

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Are You Happy?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013

Are You Happy?

Happiness is about finding your passion and doing it every day—no matter what others think or what is popular or what obstacles you face. And this is long-term happiness I’m talking about, not short-term stuff you get with drinking, checking Facebook or ice cream. Happiness is hard and it takes focus. Happiness comes from within, not from without—although I tend to be very happy when I get...

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Transcendental Telemarketer Book Review

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013

Transcendental Telemarketer Book Review

Dreaming of exotic travel? The sun never sets on Beth Copeland’s poems in Transcendental Telemarketer. This remarkable collection explores the locales of India, Japan and Wake Forest, North Carolina and there’s an added bonus: this book will also take you on a Zen journey of the sacred in the natural world.   The first section begins with “Still Life With One Apple.” Reading this one page...

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What Are You Writing Right Now? Blog Hop

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013

What Are You Writing Right Now? Blog Hop

If you’re an author, it’s quite common to be asked at a reading what’s your next project. You always need to be working on something, or you might as well hang up your pen! The question, “What are you writing right now?” inspired this blog hop where a number of writers from all over the U.S. are writing  on “My Next Big Thing,” answering the same 10 questions  you see here. I’m honored to be...

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Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Next Thursday you’re going to read at your first open mic and you know you don’t want to bomb.   Don’t fear—help’s on the way!   After several years of poetry reading experiences here are ten tips I’ve curated for you so you’ll be remembered for your presence and poetry, not for the mic you knocked down or for the spit you sprayed on the front row.   Prior to your reading, think...

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