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How Poetry Can Matter

Making Poetry Public By Jordan Mills Pleasant For the most part, the term “poetry” falls on deaf ears — even for the average reader in 2012, the term is less significant than it once was. Over the course of the last 50 years, poetry has in many ways been relegated to a very specialized part […]

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We Wear The Mask

The Short Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Tim Walker   “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, – This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” From “We Wear the Mask”, by Paul Laurence […]

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A novel idea

The NaNoWriMo kickoff event for 2011

NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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It came from the shadows

Dayton writer publishes captivating horror novella By Tim Anderl In 2008 a challenge from a friend inspired K.W. (Kathleen) Taylor to put pen to paper and by October 2011, Taylor’s first horror novella, “We Shadows Have Offended,” was reaching Barnes and Noble store shelves and Amazon’s electronic book shop. “The prompt was supposed to be […]

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Giving peace a voice

Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors authors who inspire peace through the written word By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Think a bit about the word peace. What comes to mind? A long-haired hippie raising his arm high into the air and splaying his fingers to make a “V” shaped symbol? Or do you envision a room full of […]

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A Country Divided

Local author Raul Ramos y Sanchez debuts his provocative, eye-opening second novel, ‘House Divided’ By Nicole Wroten Miami Valley author Raul Ramos y Sanchez paints an almost-too-real picture of revolution in the sequel to his critically acclaimed first novel, “American Libre,” in “House Divided.” Ramos y Sanchez’s second novel picks up where the first left […]

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Love, Like Ashes, Fall From The Sky

“There was a girl who fell out of the sky, they say, a love story drop-out, horror story knock-out, delinquent daughter of a poison love, no sleeping pills to anesthetize the wing amputation, just gravity’s law of laceration.” ~Natalie McCollum “Ashes To Angels” And so it begins. The crashing cadence of Natalie McCollum’s experimental odyssey […]

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Freedom

Jonathan Franzen’s Mature, Confident Novel. By John Freeman The giant armadillo, the blue whale and the Great American Novelist all have something in common. All of them, the watchers say, are critically endangered. Largely due to what’s euphemistically called displacement. And since Great American Novelists were singular, even in their supposed heyday, the ones who […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]