Hidden Talents: A Recipe from Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was more than a sharp wordsmith; she also knew her way around the kitchen.  To her circle in Amherst, Massachusetts, this was actually a not-so-hidden talent.  Family manuscripts tell us she was generous with the fruits of her labors, sending goodies to her friends and family.  In 1853 she wrote a letter to her […]

#GivingTuesday

I met a wonderful young boy recently.  He was making paper airplanes – complete with hand drawn insignia and colorful decorations on the wings. He was having a great time sending his finished creations soaring into the air.  When I asked him what else he likes to do besides make paper airplanes, he said, “I […]

5 Ekphrastic Poems By American Writers To Read Right Now

Art and poetry have been inspiring each other for a long time, which is why the literary world has given poems that confront artwork a fancy name: ekphrasis. If you’re a lover of words like I am, that word just might send shivers up your spine. This idea of ekphrasis prompted me to look into […]

Bob Weide and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Cast Documentary Hocus Pocus

On April 11, 2007, one of America’s most witty and wonderful science fiction writers took what he might have called a big trip up yonder. Kurt Vonnegut, visionary wordsmith behind such classic works as Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions, passed away. Before his death, though, the Indianapolis native – heralded by many as the counterculture’s novelist – formed […]

An Introduction to Carl Sagan

If you’re anything like me, then you are not an astrophysicist.  But you might know that the universe is expanding.  Or maybe you donate to an environmental organization every once in a while. Maybe you work with medicine, plants, chemicals, or technology. Maybe you took biology in high school or college, or saw Interstellar in […]

50 States, 50 Novels- Part 2

Colorado – The Shining by Stephen King (1977) One of Stephen King’s earliest novels, The Shining also remains one of his most popular, and continues to sell thousands of copies every year. King supposedly settled on the mountainous Colorado location by pointing randomly at a map, but it is hard to imagine it taking place […]

American Writers Museum Announces Prime Michigan Avenue Space in Downtown Chicago for Early 2017 Opening

Central location grants visitors and locals easy access to first museum in United States dedicated to American writers, past and present (CHICAGO – October 27, 2015) – The American Writers Museum (AWM) has leased a prime space at 180 North Michigan Avenue, one of Chicago’s busiest blocks, for its early 2017 opening. The location’s proximity […]

Five Famous American Self-Publishers

Some of the most well-known authors published their own work at some point in their career. Even in the 1800’s, it was considered both a risk and a way to maintain control of one’s work – bound to produce success stories as well as tales of caution!   Henry David Thoreau Today Henry David Thoreau’s […]

50 States, 50 Novels- Part 1

The United States is known for the breadth of diversity in its literature – take a literary tour round the states with these fifty novels.   Alabama – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg (1987) This now-classic novel charts the history of small-town Whistle Stop, Alabama and its eccentric citizens. […]

Four Contemporary Native American Poets to Read Today

Sherman Alexie One of my personal favorite poets, Alexie is a joy to read both on the page and on Twitter, where he melds pop culture, his Spokane heritage, politics and calls for change, humor, and poetic thoughts. His poetry and short stories address the lives of modern Native Americans, emphasizing the realities that shape […]