Monthly Archives: August 2012

2012 Literary Contest Winners

The Association for Mormon Letters and Irreantum magazine are pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 literary contests. This year we received 72 fiction entries, 41 personal essay entries, and 46 poetry collection entries. Entries were judged blind, and … Continue reading

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New Issue of Irreantum!

Dear AML Enthusiasts, Below is the table of contents for the next issue of Irreantum, which is going to press soon. Now is the time to get your subscription for the first time, or get renewed. Thank you for your … Continue reading

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Novelist Nephi; or Why We Still Need the “Author of ‘Added Upon’”

In less than a week I will be traveling to Salt Lake City to spend a week in the Church History Library with the Nephi Anderson papers. To prepare, I have been reading Anderson’s novels and short stories and making … Continue reading

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In Tents #19 Pilate before Jesus Part 5

Note: I hope to revise this a little later with scripture quotes and citations. I’ll note the updates in the Reply section. He taught me language, and my prophet on’t is, I learned how to pun At the end of … Continue reading

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in verse # 20 : blank verse

Blank verse — the unrhymed iambic pentameter so brilliantly deployed by Shakespeare in his later plays — is an invention of the English renaissance, and specifically of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-47), who used it to revise and strengthen … Continue reading

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Writing the Hard History

I have posted this elsewhere in the past, but with the publication of The Fading Flower by Zarahemla Books recently, and that play being more readily available now, I wanted to drag this post back into the light: I have … Continue reading

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One Man’s Meditation: Merlin, Motivation and Letting Go

It seems to me that we are in the midst of a rather startling expansion of our traditional concepts of Mormon literature. There’s an active effort going on to expand the possibilities, to rethink what we can and should be doing with our unique voices and viewpoints. A lot of it makes me uncomfortable, but the more I consider it the more I think it’s a useful discomfort… Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, August 18, 2012

A very busy fortnight. A new movie, Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed, is released to good reviews. Several Mormon-authored plays are performing and getting good reviews in Utah and in New York City.  A load of new books have been … Continue reading

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The Gospel and the Church in the Future

Before I get to my topic, I just want to wish good luck to the LDS Hugo Award Nominees.  The Hugo Awards ceremony will be at 8:00pm Central time on September 2 in Chicago.  I’ll be putting the link to … Continue reading

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What Does Louis CK Have to Teach the Mormon Humorist?

I’ve been writing Mormon humor off and on for more than ten years now. In 2002, some friends and I started The Sugar Beet, a Mormon humor website, and my first article was titled “Provo Temple Liftoff Successful.” (The Sugar … Continue reading

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