Author Archives: Til Turner

About Til Turner

Til is a writer, artist, and musician living in the Shenandoah Valley. He is an assistant professor in the Languages and Literature Division at Northern Virginia Community College and is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Art with an MFA in Creative Writing. Til has published poems online, has written a teacher's handbook on ESL writing, and has recently completed his second novel for young readers. Please feel free to visit his instructional website at www.EnglishIsKillingMe.com.

Vignette

I stood on the bank of a stream. A breeze blew through my hair. A voice called out to me, and I turned. My heart leapt, as it does when a friend greets you. I had not seen her in … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 3:03 pm

The cat. The sidewalk. The heat. The smoke. The laugh. The window. The thought. The car. The tree. The cloud. The sky. The dream.

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Skid Marks

The basement of my childhood home comprised the entire footprint of the house—thirty by sixty feet. In the corner just left of the staircase as you descended was the hollowed-out remains of an old riding lawnmower. My older brother had painted … Continue reading

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Sour Girl

A humble arrangement of mine of a Stone Temple Pilots tune that has been my favorite for  years.

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The Artist and Ganymede

There was an old artist with his cat named Ganymede. They sat before a window high in a tower. Below was the market, above was the sky, and a circus on rooftops where all animals could fly. In the morning … Continue reading

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Friendship at VCFA, where the magic is real

During this summer’s residency in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Art, I was one of six student lecturers sharing critical insights regarding picture book authorship. My presentation focused on the textual reference to … Continue reading

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Creating Inspiration

A picture I’ve sketched to gather inspiration for a picture book. Poor lonely faerie.

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