How To Live a Life That Matters: Maya Angelou on Love and Attitude

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 and is true to the title of her own poem, a “Phenomenal Woman.” Few people can say they have been a novelist, actress, singer, director, scholar, researcher, poet, and brothel madam, yet Angelou has filled all of these roles and many more, including being an integral part of…

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The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat Flying Through Time

In Port Townsend—a charming, sleepy, coastal town nestled in the northeastern end of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula—a piece of history is being remastered and preserved. The Western Flyer, a 77-foot fishing boat built in 1937, sits docked at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op as she undergoes restoration.

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Jack Kerouac: American Literary Baddie to the Stars

Today we’re going to talk about an American legend: Jack Kerouac. Jack was a pretty amazing writer, not just in the work he created but also in his methodology for doing so. Like so many of us, he was not a big fan of the revision and re-write process. He was also invested in the New…

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A Library of Irish Gold: Contemporary Irish Authors

This St. Patrick’s Day bring on the corned beef and cabbage…and books! In honor of this wonderful holiday, we thought we’d focus on literature from Ireland. Even if you’re familiar with books that hail from the Irish lands, hopefully you’ll learn something new about these authors and the origins of their works. So sit back, pour yourself a cuppa’,…

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Edgar Allan Poe Un-Masqued: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gothic Writer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a student that doesn’t enjoy (or, at the very least, find interesting) one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories—even if you polled the most literature-hating students, they’d still be able to quoth the raven everslightly. Poe’s stories and poems have a unique staying power with many readers, whether they’re keen on his Dark Romantic writing or hungry…

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