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Poetry Prompt
"I know Midwesterners are accused of talking too much about the weather, but that criticism must surely come from people who don't have weather like ours," novelist David Rhodes once wrote to his editor at Milkweed Editions, Ben Barnhart. "These last few weeks have been filled with the bright, indolent humidity of summer, offset by sudden, tyrannical darkness and booming threats of supernatural violence. Not mentioning such revolutionary experiences would be inhuman." Go Midwestern and write a poem about today's weather. And if you're interested, read "After the Flood: A Profile of David Rhodes,"which appeared in the September/October 2008 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Creative Nonfiction Prompt
In "Why We Write: Tilted Naked Weirdo," which appears in the July/August 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Nancy Méndez-Booth writes that by allowing herself to explore her "uglies"--the weirdest, most uncomfortable, or embarrassing parts of her life--she has been able to find her truest voice. "Writing honestly makes me feel stripped and exposed," she writes. "I put everything I'd rather hide right on the page for the world to see. It horrifies me." Write an essay about your own uglies--the strange, the silly, the discomfiting and weird--the parts of your life that few people know but you.
 
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