The State Of The World

By Joanna Panayi We are built with a reliance.It is in our bonesWe act in our nature.We learn in our nurture.To fight for our thrones.We conquer the planet.Yet, they do not get it.They continue to thread it.As we continue to spread itWe need to work together.Do not speak if you do not act.Do not act…

DEAREST PAPA

By Thelma T. Reyna PURPOSE IN WRITING THIS BOOK (ARTIST STATEMENT, FROM THE “FOREWORD”) I tell you all this with reverence for what we, all of us, don’t know, and with dismay that many of us live every day with unmoored assumptions of our longevity. We clock in and out of interactions with one another,…

NEA Big Read Grant Opportunity

Guidelines Now Available The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with Arts Midwest, announced that guidelines are now available for nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant to hold an NEA Big Read project between September 2021 and June 2022. Since 2006, more than 1,600 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs…

Graywolf Press Seeks To Increase Access To Publishing By Offering A Paid, Ten-Month Citizen Literary Fellowship

The Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive ten-month fellowship designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. Through substantial project-based work in the editorial and marketing/publicity departments, the fellow will gain a broad base in publishing and be prepared to launch or…

Book of Life

By Joanna Panayi   As I lay on my bed,  In my mind I am unsure  What am I doing here?  Will I go far?  The doubt and the pain  All come  flooding Causing a strain  Within my brain,  My soul My body Hard to take control  So I lay on my bed  I tune the…

The Literary Works Of Norman Molesko

  By Norman Molesko     THE WAY I LIVE MY LIFE Life is not passing me by. I am here. I’m alive. I am able to breathe, am able to sigh. This makes me beam, like the gleam in my father’s eye. It’s the attitude I have. It’s the way, I look at life.…

Medusa A Case In Pain And Strength

By: Joanna Panayi #1 I love you Athena I love you Athena Ι was born with love in my heart My beauty was my start To become wise like you And carry your knowledge Through and through I loved you so I devoted my life To make people know You were the best of the…

Visits at the House on Fuller Street

By Mike Szymanski He cut through the park to get to Fuller Street, scurrying past the hunched Russian with the captain’s cap selling wilted lettuce and soft apples from the back of his Isuzu pickup. Heinrich smirked at the vendor, who tipped his cap. Although they never ever exchanged more than a few words, they…

The Hammer

By: Mike Szymanski How does it happen that as we get older we seem to catch up to our parents? At some point we seem to pass them up and seem older than them. And, the older we get it’s amazing how many things we ignore, or conveniently forget, about how difficult it was growing…