Recent Articles


One howling syllable

From the author's poetry collection 'The Language of Grief'

Peter Donahue’s Historical Fiction Points a Way Forward

"The people back there in the vast territory of the past are real."

Tara Atkinson Takes on ‘Boyfriends’ in the Era of #MeToo

"I was thinking a lot about friendship when I was writing the book, or really more about longing for deep connection."

The Grays

A poem. By Alex Gallo-Brown

Knowmads Go Back to ‘Knew School’

Five albums in, the veteran hip-hop duo is having more fun than ever.

On Claudia Rankine’s ‘Citizen’

A meditation on Rankine's recent reading at McCaw Hall, in the style of her latest book.
Book of the Month

Book of the Month: ‘Hardly War’ by Don Mee Choi

A new collection out this month from poet Don Mee Choi is a refreshingly strange hybrid of poetry, prose and photography.

Bartleby, the Scholar

"It's resistance to the stories we're told by science and tech ideologues to get us to accept the condition of being locked down." An Interview with writer and cultural critic Curtis White.

Critical Theory, Personal Story

Maggie Nelson writes criticism for the real world.

Sur-Reality and the Short Story

Author Valerie Trueblood finds wild freedom in the form.

On ‘Becoming a Citizen Activist’

"Art by its very nature is political: it can challenge, even in the smallest and gentlest of ways, the status quo."

Martha Silano’s Beacon Bards

The local poet on her Beacon Hill-based reading series and her new/old book.