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Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I'm not sure I would call it a progression so much as a deepening of consciousness throughout the books. Hopefully we have an increasing sense of truthfulness about ourselves as we grow older, and we grow strong enough to both own and share this."

Günter Grass: Writing Against the Wall

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"In my understanding, literature acknowledges the times and its faults. And even when it tries to omit politics, even in a love story, if you look closely, politics plays a part."

I Want to Suck Your Blood (Cordial): Dracula Heaven in Whitby, England

Paula Froelich | Posted 04.03.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

One of the most hauntingly beautiful and eerie places in England is on the northeastern coast of Yorkshire in a tiny town called Whitby. Long a va...

Which Character in the Harry Potter Franchise Has the Most Compelling Story Arc?

Quora | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Do you remember the Neville of Sorcerer's Stone? The kid that lost his Rememberall? He ruined cauldrons, broke his wrist, ended up going to the stupid duel and getting cursed by Malfoy. And then, Neville he ended up in detention because the Golden Trio decided that they wanted to be dragon smugglers today. The detention that landed them in the Forbidden Forest? Yeah, that one.

Rush and Me

Patrick Hicks | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hicks

My favorite rock band is celebrating their 40th anniversary this summer and I can't wait to see them on stage again. The tour, known simply as R40, will find Rush digging deep into their musical vault and performing songs both new and old. Fans like me can't wait.

From MFAs To Bloggers, Why Are There So Many Young Writers?

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Tyler Wells Lynch

Professional writing -- be it screenwriting or copywriting -- has never been a simple career path, let alone a financially sound one. The difference today is that the competition is way too fierce for the demand.

Follow Your Gut, and Find a Trusted Editor: A Q&A With Carey Salerno of Alice James Books

Janice Sands | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In this second installment of my conversation with Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press with an emphasis on women writers, Carey shares some additional insights on the future of publishing and achieving success as a writer.

What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Quora

Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.

'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue.

Confessions Of a (Insert Your Major Here)

Uloop | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Uloop

Don't judge people by their majors. Genuinely ask them what aspect they want to use their major for, and if they aren't quite sure, don't get all crazy on them. Be accepting, that is all.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

Here's Why You Should Visit Baltimore If You Like Books

WHERE | Posted 03.12.2015 | Travel
WHERE

Mayor Kurt Schmoke meant well when he dubbed Baltimore "the city that reads" in the 1980s. Though the much-maligned motto was quickly changed, the city's literary heart beats as strongly as ever.

A Tasty, Steampunk Treat

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Arthur Rosenfeld

The cover copy calls Dennis O'Flaherty's King of the Cracksmen a steampunk entertainment. The novel is that and more. Reading this book is like quaffing strong espresso on a rocket bound for a cognac bar on the far side of the moon.

Why Are Some Books Unforgettable?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 03.05.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.27.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Books: A Journey of Self Discovery

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby. I was obsessed with books. Indeed, books were best friends I would spent countless hours with and draw inspiration and strength from. With a book you are never alone.

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.23.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

Greg Schwem | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was time to assume the reading-while-commuting position, something foreign to me since I rarely read on subway cars and never while standing up.

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

Lois Leveen | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lois Leveen

A story in which a 13-year-old girl is seduced by a deceiving cad who turns out to be a killer, then is convinced by a prevaricating priest to fake her own death, and finally ends up committing suicide for real -- this should not be a global model of a love story.

The Difference Between British and American Poetry

Robert Peake | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

Contemplating the similarities and differences between British and American poetry, having steeped myself in both for some time now, I have been slicing my experiences as a reader along two axes: innovation and craft.

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

Rachel Verlik | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Rachel Verlik

I'm comfortable admitting I'm addicted to reading. I would spend my last dollar on a book, and I have no shame admitting that. I love all that I've learned through books, and the comfort it gives me.