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December 14, 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I had a revelation while standing at a podium.  It wasn’t the time, the place, or the situation for any new thoughts: I was presenting an art history paper I’d written a year before at an Undergraduate Academic Conference. Everything was supp...

November 30, 2018

“The Modern Arizona Scene” is the current state of Arizona’s art, music, and books. This art is uniquely ours--art that springs up from the desert, from the Grand Canyon, from the border, from the Colorado River. The identity of Arizona is ever elusive, a place in betw...

November 22, 2018

  1. Where is this story going? Sure, I’ve been working on it for three years now, and I’ve rewritten it thirteen times, but I just don’t know where to go with this. I could have a happy ending where everyone holds hands and sings around the fire? Or they could burn in...

October 28, 2018

Wanting to become a writer is an easy choice to make in theory; it could be a wild thought that decides to stick with you throughout the rest of your life or until you get bored. Desiring to write about any topic or career however, is not such an easy choice. It takes...

July 13, 2018

I have studied many different genres while in college. My favorite thing that I have come across, however, is when a piece of writing rides the genre line. Recently I rediscovered a book found in an airport to occupy my mind for the six-hour flight ahead. When I first...

July 6, 2018

Some might value a necklace, guitar, or pencil the most in their lives. Northern Arizona University Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Nicole Walker, has an interesting relationship with eggs that she shares in her object lesson oriented book Egg. The inside cove...

June 22, 2018

The Hate U Give deals with the aftermath of the shooting of a young black teenager by a police officer, and readers travel along with Starr, the young female protagonist, as the African American community that she grew up in struggles with this issue. Thomas does not t...

December 6, 2017

If you were to stop a stranger on the street and ask them to name a Japanese author they would probably say Murakami, if they could even think of a Japanese author. He is known for his surrealist writing which sets him apart from western writers. What most readers of M...

November 17, 2017

     If you're anything like me, you're a writer. Beyond that, you probably have a day job so you don't starve or wither away without a roof over your head, and maybe you're a full time college student, too. To put things plainly: you're a busy person. There's no time...

November 15, 2017

What is classic literature? This is an essential question in literary criticism, but also in the daily lives of ordinary readers. In order to answer it, these additional questions must also be considered:

1. Are classic and classical literature the same thing?

Not usuall...

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