Recap: Our Digital Stories Vol. 8 with Exposition Review

Our Digital Stories

Our Digital Stories (ODS) is a group of writers, directors, and performers who during the pandemic created a new form of storytelling set in and created within the digital world. Using video conferences, phone calls, and text messages as settings, they call this hybrid between a short play and a short film “Digital Stories.”

After kicking off our first Flash 405 contest of the 2021 season with the theme “Your Digital Stories,” ODS brought the three winning scripts to life for Volume 8 this summer!

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Exposition Review, Vol VI: “Hunger” Launch and Skylight Books Crowdcast Reading

Exposition Review is so proud to announce our latest issue has launched, Vol. VI: “Hunger”! This issue asks the reader what they hunger for, what drives them, what it feels like to need something with a deep, unrelenting desire.

With exciting work from emerging and established authors across genres, including pieces published from WriteGirl mentees and alumni, DREAMing Out Loud writers, and past Lambda Literary and PEN Emerging Voices Fellows, “Hunger” is one of our most gut-punching issues to date.

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Recap: ‘Share Your Voice!’ Workshop Goes Bicoastal

If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic that has kept Exposition Review from gathering in person as a staff and for events, it’s that we’ve found new ways to connect that have expanded our community like never before.

For the second year in a row, our “Share Your Voice!” publishing workshop was held online, enabling our editors not only to log on from as far away as San Francisco, Chicago, and Arkansas, but to invite participants from both coasts. This year the event we’ve held for several years for WriteGirl teens and alums in Los Angeles was joined by students from PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program in New York, too.

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Composition: ‘Rearview’ Chapbook Now Available

We are overjoyed to announce the launch of Composition: Rearview, a chapbook of selected poetry and nonfiction works from our past Flash 405 contests. Leo Smith, Chapbook Editor, curated this collection in celebration of former Flash 405 finalists and the work that Exposition Review publishes. While this chapbook centers its content around various types of relationships, future iterations of Composition will explore other themes and genres. The art of composition felt necessary to include in our title—reconstructing pieces to form a new, full body of work has been an experimental and rewarding process.

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Transposition: A Very Special Episode on Literary Identity and Responsibility

2020 was the Year of Online Expansion for Exposition Review. When faced with a global pandemic, we took our WriteGirl workshop online, launched our Act/Break issue online, and kicked off our own literary podcast, Transposition. Host and Stage & Screen editor Laura Rensing brought us six episodes of readings, conversation, and craft. We’re already hard at work on Season 2!

But maybe you need something in between the seasons—something a little outside the norm. Well, you’re in luck, because here to scratch that itch is co-editor and previous podcast host Mellinda Hensley with a special, between-the-seasons episode of Transposition.

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Recap: Expo Presents “Unlocking L.A.: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus” at Lit Crawl L.A.

Lit Crawl L.A., like so many events in 2020, looked a little different this year. Though we couldn’t get together in person to celebrate Los Angeles’ literary scene, we gathered online thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library, who hosted a livestream reading via Youtube and Facebook Live on October 24 as part of Lit Crawl Global Continue reading “Recap: Expo Presents “Unlocking L.A.: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus” at Lit Crawl L.A.”

Expo Presents: Transposition, The Literary Podcast – Season One

In 2020, Exposition Review kicked off our own literary podcast, Transposition. Following the readings of our Vol. V: “Act/Break” contributors for our issue launch, Transposition has evolved into a full summer series. Laura Rensing, Stage & Screen Editor and founding member of the Editorial Board, has guided us through a comprehensive look at Exposition Review’s other published pieces and authors. With readings from the writers themselves and short interviews to follow, we’ve been able to explore more thoroughly the diverse worlds our contributors have created. After all, Transposition’s title was inspired by the idea “to perform a piece of music in a key other than the one in which it is written” and we are so proud to have brought these works into new forms. As we all close the end of season one, join us in reflecting on this endeavor, and take a deeper dive into all the brilliant work of our contributors!

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Exposition Review, Vol V: “Act/Break” Launch (and New Podcast Alert!)

Exposition Review is ecstatic to announce our latest issue has launched, Vol. V: “Act/Break”! With this new issue, we celebrate works across genres and hybrid forms, featuring writers new, established, and emerging from WriteGirl and the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship. After months of reading, editing, and design, it’s time to share it with the world.

That’s not to say this issue wasn’t without its last minute changes. Even though Exposition Review wasn’t able to host our regular issue launch party, we still found new and exciting ways to celebrate the work of our contributors.

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AWP Panel Recap: From Page to Stage: How to Write a Play That Will Actually Get Produced

#AWP2020 was one for the books, and not because of the usual literary masses swarming the host city. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in San Antonio started on March 4th just days after the Mayor declared a public health emergency when someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been released from the nearby Air Force Base where 100 cruise ship passengers had been quarantined. The declaration was made in order to protect the city from any other evacuees from entering, but ultimately was denied by the courts. However, within hours of this declaration, the organizers of AWP had a tough choice to make in whether or not to move forward with the conference. 

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