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How Octavia E. Butler mined her boundless curiosity to forge a...

Alyssa Collins, University of South Carolina In 2021, Alyssa Collins was awarded a yearlong Octavia E. Butler Fellowship from...

How poetry can help people get through hard times – 4...

Alvin Buyinza, The Conversation When Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukrainian American writer Ilya Kaminsky’s poem “We Lived Happily During the...

How a Black writer in 19th-century America used humor to combat...

Rodney Taylor, University of South Carolina Any writer has to struggle with the dilemma of staying true to their...

How Sylvia Plath’s secret miscarriage transforms our understanding of her poetry

Jason Miller, North Carolina State University In 2017, one of Sylvia Plath’s private letters, which had previously not been...

When Black kids – shut out from the whitewashed world of...

Paige Gray, Savannah College of Art and Design Hanging on the wall in my office is the framed cover...

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa,” but what kind of dad was he? In my role as Associate Editor of the...

If the Romance Writers of America can implode over racism, no...

Christine Larson, University of Colorado Boulder Over the past month, Romance Writers of America, one of the country’s largest writing associations, with over 9,000 members,...

I wrote a book about email – and found myself pining...

Randy Malamud, Georgia State University Email has become so prevalent in our lives that I felt compelled to write about it for a Bloomsbury series...

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In the ocean, the most harmful plastic is too small to...

By Magnus Johnson, University of Hull and Melanie Coull, University of Hull There are at least 268,000 tonnes of plastic floating around in the oceans,...

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