September 30, 2019

Why We Should Call it Art

By Aatif Rashid

There’s a tendency in the writing community to be suspicious of the word “art.” For a lot of people, the word is pretentious, a grandiose attempt to elevate our writing […]

August 3, 2017

Literary Firsts & Worsts

By Laura Maylene Walter

A writer approached me after my workshop at Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator event to tell me this was the first writing conference she’d ever attended. Her comment got me thinking of […]

December 13, 2016

It Means You Are Alive

By Laura Maylene Walter

As far as I can remember, I’ve never cried during a writing workshop. Unless you count the summer arts camp I attended as a teenager, I can’t recall being in […]

July 20, 2015

Poetry and Play (Part I)

By Dora Malech

When I was in Amsterdam earlier this summer, the Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga came up in multiple conversations about poetry; more specifically, his 1938 book Homo Ludens: Proeve […]

September 21, 2010

Wishes and Whips

By Elizabeth Ames Staudt

What is wrong with books? What is wrong with me that I so love reading about what’s wrong with the stuff I love? When I see links cropping up on […]