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Challenging post-colonialist complacency: a colloquium on dub poetry

September 20, 2019

We’re seeing it everywhere: an emphasis on diversity in media. Whether it be TV shows, movies or books, there’s a big push to focus on people outside of cis, straight white men. But how can you show...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – Column 7

Courtesy CWRU Department of English
March 22, 2019

“Rhymes can make sense of the world in a way that regular speech can’t.” Hip hop mogul Jay-Z (Sean Carter) says it better than I can. It’s no coincidence that someone who built a career in...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry
December 7, 2018

This is the fourth monthly column by full-time lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. 1,182 words What makes poetry, poetry? Ask that question...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – Column 3

November 2, 2018

This the third monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. “I never got poetry,” someone...

Best selling authors Judy Blume and Daniel Handler meet at Maltz

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October 5, 2018

Two giants of children's literature, Judy Blume and Daniel Handler, the latter who uses the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, met at Maltz Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The two came to Cleveland...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry
October 5, 2018

This the second monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. This is a love story. This...

“Artemis” fails to meet stellar expectations

December 7, 2017

Published in 2011, Andy Weir’s first novel, “The Martian,” went viral, enjoying a level of success rarely experienced by books that were first self-published. Last month, he followed it up with his...

Political action you never knew you wanted

November 9, 2017

Editor’s Note: The Observer’s November book recommendation is Daniel O’Malley’s “The Rook,” a supernatural action novel that combines a British bureaucracy with mystery and comedy. Pick it...

“Turtles All the Way Down” gives insight

October 27, 2017

“Turtles All the Way Down” is John Green’s latest novel aimed at the young adult audience. Despite its complicated issues being handled well, the book’s weak plot and somewhat poor writing at times...

“Clockwork Futures” studies the history of steampunk

September 29, 2017

“Technology is at the intersection of what we fear and what we want to fight,” said author Brandy Schillace. On Sept. 22, Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum...

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