Quantum physics, fairy tales, climate change thrillers, & original tales from her own imagination: it’s Sara Barkat’s ‘The Shivering Ground’!
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Reports on the state of the planet’s future can sound like dystopian science fiction. Can they also be a clarion call that enlivens our creativity? Join us as we write about our interconnection to the world we’re part of.
Go on a walk after reading Ray Bradbury’s story “The Pedestrian,” then craft a sci-fi poem to share with us where your rambles took you.
Back in the late 1970s and 1980s, I discovered a literary genre that I knew existed but generally paid little attention to: science fiction.
Try writing a poem inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin, where setting is everything, whether it’s the California foothills, the banks of a creek bravely winding its way to the ocean, or an utterly new planet that only you have explored!
This week we’re spending time in our notebooks tracing the lines of connection, the poems we can’t forget, the books we always return to, reflecting on their influence on our poetry—and maybe sharing a poem to illustrate.
Fall means fiction! Join author Callie Feyen in chapter 2 of Carter’s story, which combines memorizing Shakespeare with making music.
An eclectic science fiction short story collection with an eco-fiction emphasis. The Shivering Ground & Other Stories brims with striking images and language.
We continue our 50 States of Generosity series with a focus on Illinois and its state fossil, the mysterious Tully monster.
In “Tolkien’s Modern Reading,” Holly Ordway persuasively argues that the literary influences on J.R.R. Tolkien were broad and diverse.
After more than a year of pandemic-induced isolation, I was able to go home again—in this case, a bookstore.
Meg Murry is Every Girl, every listless star. Join us for a three-part book club about Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’
The gothic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is 200 years old this year, and its core concern about the unintended consequences of science still apply.
Friendship forms among coworkers after the perfunctory question ‘How are you?’ gets an unexpected answer.
Come learn the secrets of being a wild reader. Or just share your June pages. Megan Willome leads the way, with her June good reads.
Adrienne Rich’s “Diving into the Wreck.” An intriguing poem analysis that includes the whole poem, theme, tone and more. Let’s dive in!
Le Guin has pulled together some of her favorite poems and included new ones as a kind of possible life or work summary, including “Finding My Elegy”…
You see your young daughter playing with her Barbie dolls in church while communion is being served, and the result is a poem. You read an article about a super-collider, and a poem results (for Mother’s Day, no less). You’re cutting your lawn that’s browning in the Texas heat, and a poem results. Welcome to […]
“Spoon River America” by Jason Stacy explains how the myth of the small Midwestern town supplanted the myth of the New England village.
An exploration of homeschooling vs virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes interviews with 15 parents, students, and educators!