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Meet Cynthia Ehrenkrantz: Creativity Lasts a Lifetime!

Cynthia Ehrenkrantz is a woman of many creative pursuits; among them cooking, singing, and writing. She’s done all of these throughout her nearly ninety years.

Guest Post by Karen Gershowitz

Singing in a chorus has been part of her life since was a teenager. When she was seventy-eight years old, she attended the Jewish Choral Festival. … read more.

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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Writer Robin Wall Kimmerer

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Playfulness & Pretend Light the Dark in ‘Our Dark Academia’ Poems

Chess pieces, a white queen and a white knight, in front of a sunset

Adrienne Raphel’s new poetry collection, Our Dark Academia, deftly blurs the lines between performance, play, and identity. Seemingly autobiographical and written throughout the “Pandemic years” (2020-?), the poems in this collection are delicately and surprisingly interwoven.

Motifs like an upcoming birthday, a lost piece of jewelry (a family heirloom), and an addiction to online shopping spiral throughout the poems.… read more.

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Adrienne Rich’s Radicalism Evolves with her Identity

On the publication anniversary of the poetry collection Midnight Salvage (1999), we’re celebrating the influential poet Adrienne Rich! 

Adrienne Rich was an American essayist, feminist and poet, known for being politically outspoken in her writing, particularly about gender and sexuality. She published her first poetry collection, A Change of World, during her last year of college when she was just 22. read more.

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Author/Journalist Caitlin Moran: A Born Feminist & Creative

Happy Birthday, Caitlin Moran! Today we are celebrating this fabulous author, journalist and screenwriter. 

Caitlin is a columnist at British newspaper The London Times, where she writes three columns, including a satirical one called “Celebrity Watch,” in which she analyzes pop culture sarcastically. The column includes topics such as Cher’s savior complex and why calling it a “zombie government” is offensive to zombies.read more.

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The Many Lives of Prize-Winning Poet Jan Beatty

On this day in 1995, Jan Beatty released her first collection of poems, Mad River, making today the perfect day to celebrate this incredible poet. 

Jan Beatty is an acclaimed poet from Pittsburgh, PA. Before pursuing writing full time, it seems as though Jan has lived a thousand lives. She has been a welfare caseworker, a sexual assault counselor, a nurse’s aide, and a waitress.read more.

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