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Literary Arts Section :: Page 5

  • First Lines — The magic of small forms

    This month’s poems come from longtime villager Rubin Battino, who has been writing three-line poems for decades. “We hit it off,” he said of the short form, his own adaptation of haiku.

  • First Lines — The hide and seek of happiness

    “There’s just no accounting for happiness,” begins a poem I love by Jane Kenyon. Happiness in this poem is a gift, a grace, as it seems to be in this month’s poem from musician Carl Schumacher.

  • A page turns for Antioch Writers’ Workshop

    The page has turned for a beloved local literary institution with deep roots in Yellow Springs.In a March 22 press release, the board of trustees for Antioch Writers’ Workshop  announced the workshop’s closure after 33 years.

  • First Lines — The season of firsts

    Spring. We become aware of it not just by the calendar, but more viscerally by signs. By firsts, as in this poem by local writer and teacher Ed Davis.

  • First Lines — The freedom of poems

    There is enormous freedom in a poem. It is the same freedom found within the human mind. This month, a poem, or a spacious poem-prayer, by villager Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

  • First Lines — In memoriam: Mary Oliver

    Mary Oliver is the lovely, lambent consciousness of every poem she wrote in praise of heron and hawk, windflower and black oak, lightning and first snow. It is she who went out into the world, she who scribbled notes.

  • First Lines — New moves: a poetry column

    The News is launching a monthly poetry column, “First Lines.” Each month, we’ll publish a poem written by a local poet.

  • At the Library — Learning to disarm the inner critic

    Local author Rebecca Kuder, here at the Olive Kettering Library at Antioch College, is leading a free workshop Oct. 22 at the Yellow Springs Library to demystify and disarm one’s inner critic. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    For the past nine years, local author Rebecca Kuder has dialogued with an inner voice that once kept her from accessing her creativity as a writer, and her joy as a person.

  • Author and professor writes on comics, cats

    Local author, illustrator and English professor Kate Polak recently showed off some watercolor paintings of cats as part of a children’s book project. Polak recently authored, “Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics.” (Photo by Carla Steiger)

    Wittenberg College English professor Kate Polak is the author of a book on comics, “Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics,” which this year became a finalist for the prestigious Eisner Award.

  • Together, local poets refine their verses

    A group of five poets meet regularly in the village to share and critique each other’s work using a unique method developed in nearby Greenville. From left to right are Fran Simon, Anne Randolph and Joan Harris of the group. Not pictured are Maxine Skuba and Annette Oxindine. (Photo by Carla Steiger)

    A group of five poets have met monthly on Sunday evenings in their homes for the last two years, to help each other improve their poetry skills.

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