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It’s where parents who are artists come to reignite their creative fire, learn new ways to share their creative life with their children, and build community.

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Poethood/Fatherhood: F. Douglas Brown

This poem initially started out to be the first poem for Simone, my youngest, but when the deeper poem started in on me, I realized it was about both daughters. My middle child, Olivia is preparing to explore what college she wants to attend. Like most parents, I am a...

Poethood/Fatherhood: Gary Fincke

Handing the Self Back I’ve been writing for over forty years now, a span that makes it possible to reread some old poems from the reality side of a once imagined future. Written in 1981, this early  poem printed here is an example. There’s more than nostalgia for...

Creative Cooking With Kids: Panko

Texture. Almost all parents know how crucial it is to their kids’ food; it can mean the difference between a plate deftly cleaned versus the twins eliciting your dog’s superpower as tongue-dripping Roomba. Maybe your kids already feed the pet on the regular. In that...

Re: Vision: BALANCE

Do you cheat? Be honest: when you’re here, are you thinking about there? When you tell your beloved you’re all-in, do you longingly glance back over your shoulder? Shouldn’t one be enough to satisfy? Emphatically, I say no. And before we get too deep, for those hoping...

Poethood/Fatherhood: Gibson Fay-Leblanc

Altered I finished my graduate coursework in creative writing in the spring of 2005; my eldest son was born that summer; I handed in my thesis, a collection of poems, that fall, while staying at home with the baby and teaching one university class. This is to say that...

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