About Inkstains

WHO ARE WE?

We are Jennifer Creer and Susan Wagner. We are both English nerds with graduate degrees in English. We both taught literature at some point in our former lives. We are both thirty-something. You will find out more about us as we post, we are sure. Just as we hope to find out more about you. You can contact us at emailinkstains at gmail dot com.
WHAT IS INKSTAINS?

Inkstains is a writing collective that was born out of good writing and a conversation. You will be able to read more about this in our first entries. There are issues we would both like to explore in more depth and more detail. So we have created this space in which to do it.

It is also, ideally, an Internet Coffee-House, in the same tradition as 18th Century Coffee-Houses, which were once the nexus of ideas, exchanges, and dialogue.

MISSION STATEMENT:

1. To foster smart, thoughtful conversation.

2. To promote careful, thoughtful, and excellent writing.
We’d love to hear from you at emailinkstains at gmail dot com.

LAYOUT:

You will see in the titles the words Verso and Recto, the two components of a dialectic. The word Verso denotes an original essay. Recto is a response.

RESPONSES TO ESSAYS:

You will note that we repeatedly use the word “essay” rather than the word “post.” This is beause we regard “posts” as belonging more on personal blogs, and are perhaps shorter, more scattered, more disjointed than “essays.” As part of our mission statement and our hope and intentions in establishing this site, we will be writing pieces, editing them, revising them, and preparing them thoughtfully and carefully.
You will also notice that comments are not allowed on the essays. This is because rather than having short, sometimes nonsensical responses, we hope to foster dialogue and conversation– actual responses that are as thought out and carefully prepared as the original essays themselves.

You are welcome to respond to us via email: emailinkstains at gmail dot com. If you would like to construct a response for publication, please indicate in the subject line of your email: Recto: Name of Essay you are responding to. We may ask you questions about it, or recommend revisions.
We will not consider offensive, insulting, vitriolic, or otherwise inappropriate responses. Or course, we will consider different viewpoints and responses that respectfully disagree with our own thoughts. A good conversation is the staff of life. But anything mean-spirited or rude will simply be ignored.

We will not publish Responses unless we have your real name attached. Even if you make a compelling case for anonymity, we need to know who you are. We will make attempts to verify your identify. Please confine your Responses to 1000 words or less. We will consider really exemplary pieces that exceed this word count, but we may publish such essays as a series, rather than one long, extended piece. You can either compose in a Word document to check your word count, or simply paste it briefly into a Word document and use the word count tool. Please format your Responses this way:

Title of Response, Author Name, Word Count

SUBMISSIONS:

We do not want to dominate these pages with our own ideas and responses over and over again. We have begun the content here with the essays and responses that turned into Inkstains. We hope you will read them and enjoy them, and perhaps be inspired to either respond, or create your own original essays. And we in turn hope to be inspired to respond to your thoughts. That is the way good conversations work.

Please put your real name and your email address on your Submissions. If you need to be anonymous, please make a strong case for it in a brief introductory letter with your Submission. Please paste your Submission into the content of your email rather than sending attachments. Also, please keep your Submissions to 1000 words or less. We will consider really exemplary pieces that exceed this word count, but we may publish such essays as a series, rather than one long, extended piece. You can either compose in a Word document to check your word count, or simply paste it briefly into a Word document and use the word count tool. Please format your Submissions this way:

Title of Submission, Author Name, Word Count

BLOGROLL:

We would love to include you on our blogroll! If you submit a piece to us and we publish it, we will add you to our blogroll. We apologize that there is not sufficient space to include every blog we love there. However, we do, both have significant blogrolls on our personal sites for you to peruse, and we expect our blogroll to grow here as well.
We hope you will join us and enjoy the conversation.

~Jennifer Creer and Susan Wagner

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