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Paula Mikrut - A Discussion on Stray Dandelions: Decline/Accept

  • August 17, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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    • Paula Mikrut will lead a discussion about Stray Dandelions by Mehdi M. Kashani, which was published in The New Quarterly.

Stray Dandelions is the story of a woman who watches as her husband tries to monitor and control his sister’s life, and who begins to see uncomfortable similarities to her own relationship with her husband.  It was the subject of Decline/Accept, a feature in Carve Magazine that discusses stories that were rejected by Carve and later published elsewhere. Decline/Accept gives us a rare glimpse into the selection process of the editorial staff of a respected literary journal.

In this session, we will examine issues such as: the relevance of the title, the effectiveness of the choice of narrator/POV character, the power of the beginning and ending, and other topics of interest to participants, partly in conversation with the published comments of Carve’s editorial staff.

Please Read in Advance of the Session:

Stray Dandelions 

Decline Accept

Author and Journal Info 

Stray Dandelions Discussion Notes 

Paula Mikrut  is an OCWW Zoom Goddess and serves as our Associate Treasurer. She has been published in Black Moon Magazine, Clever Magazine, and Pendemic, and she won the Manny Award for creative nonfiction from the Midwest Writers Workshop.

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