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Get to know our authors, the foundation and heart of Yellow Arrow Journal, and what writing means to them through our monthly series.


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.W.o.W. #3

Betsy Housten

How did you first publish your writing and what was it?

The first writing I published was in a zine of poems I made in my early twenties. I went on to publish about 15 more zines over the next 15 years, occasionally sending writing to friends' zines too, until I decided to pursue my MFA in poetry and put an end to that era. My first paid piece of writing was a fun piece for Little Red Tarot called "The Astrology of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," about which I'll always be tickled.

What word do you find yourself using most often in your writing?

 Blood. I'm a massage therapist and I'm fascinated with bodies, and I'm constantly trying to find different ways to talk about blood without being repetitive.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

 To avoid stagnation by always trying new things—new forms, new styles, new subjects, new approaches.

You can see Betsy’s writing in Yellow Arrow Journal’s Vol. IV, No. 2 Freedom. Visit her at betsyhoustenwrites.com.

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Get to know our authors, the foundation and heart of Yellow Arrow Journal, and what writing means to them through our monthly series.


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.W.o.W. #2

Linda M. Crate

Describe an early experience where you learned that language has power

Music taught me that words have power. If a song can make me have goosebumps and a visceral response then I know it is powerful.

How did you first publish your writing and what was it?

I kept pushing my writing. I just kept tossing my work out there. My first accepted piece was a horror short story, and my first published pieces were in a now defunct journal that was very warm and welcoming to me – which encouraged me to go on. Because not every editor is always the kindest.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

That I am strong, that I am powerful, that I matter, and people often underestimate me and my worth. It also convinces me to keep going when I don’t always feel like doing so.

You can see Linda’s writing in Yellow Arrow Journal Vol. III Courage and Vol. IV, No. 2 Freedom.

.Writers.on.Writing.

Get to know our authors, the foundation and heart of Yellow Arrow Journal, and what writing means to them through our monthly series.


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.W.o.W. #1

Gwen Van Velsor

If you didn’t write, what would you do?

I would probably paint. I love watercolors but rarely use them because I almost always put writing first.

What is a good writing habit you have picked up?

Writing morning pages, which is an idea created by Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way). The idea is to get in the habit of writing three pages by hand in the morning before doing anything else. It works.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

My inner writing voice tells me not to be afraid. It tells me to listen and to trust that what makes it on the page is what is meant to be on the page. My inner writing voice reminds me that this practice of writing is not that serious, to write what I want because, why not?