Tawni Waters debut novel, Beauty of the Broken, was released by Simon and Schuster nine months ago. In addition to winning the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, it is finalist for the Housatonic Book Award, was named an exceptional book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council, was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, and was included on the Kansas State Reading Circle List. Her first poetry book, Siren Song, was released by Burlesque Press in 2014. Her work was featured in Best Travel Writing 2010 and has been published in myriad journals and magazines. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and teaches Creative Writing at various universities and writers retreats throughout the U.S. and Mexico. In her spare time she talks to angels, humanely evicts spiders from her floorboards, and plays Magdalene to a minor rock god.

What Van Gogh Whispered as He Painted

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To untether myself from this realm first I must close my eyes unsee what reality has taught me to perceive swallow suns from other star systems swirling in infinity. I must know that sanity is nothing more than one interpretation of a dream. Grass blades contain gods. Streams are more than just H2O. Miracles are commonplace. Every day, bugs wal[...]

A Letter from Magdalene to the Holy-Rollers

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A. I’m not a whore. Let’s get that straight. B. When I washed His feet with my hair, it’s because I felt a love fools like you will never understand. You try to make love into some nasty thing, the way you take your wives under your thumbs and crush them like bugs. You call that love, right? So when a girl, yeah, maybe scantily clad, but smarter th[...]