I Don’t Know What T. S. Eliot Was Talking About, or, It’s National Poetry Month!

How odd that National Poetry Month falls in April—the month so famously designated as “cruel” in one of the canonical poems of Western literature (The Waste Land). Is this irony, or whimsy, or just an unfortunate coincidence? Regardless, as we slide toward the end of National Poetry Month, here are a few of the poetry … Continue reading I Don’t Know What T. S. Eliot Was Talking About, or, It’s National Poetry Month!

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Kristen Holt-Browning  In a recent interview, the author Roxane Gay said something that jumped out at me: “I read everything. The number one thing I tell my students is read diversely. And I’m not talking about demographics, though that’s part of it. Aesthetic diversity, genre diversity. It matters because it just makes us better … Continue reading Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

by Jody Strimling-Muchow   In only one year, Get Lit Beacon has become an indispensable part of my writing life. Just the chance to spend a couple of hours a month in a room full of people as passionate about words as I am is a gift. Add thought-provoking and inspiring guest speakers and the … Continue reading Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Kristen Holt Browning When Julie first asked me to blog for the Get Lit website, I had no idea what to write about. Every week, Julie or Flora give their insightful exchanges with authors both local and far-flung, or Ruta provides great behind-the-scenes peeks into the book publishing world. What could I offer? Well, … Continue reading A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Empathy for the Reader

by Kristen Holt Browning I’ve never been a fan of the “books are good for you” school of thought. Books are not broccoli, and poems won’t make you virtuous. Plenty of social scientists disagree with me. Recent studies found that readers of literary fiction do better at recognizing, understanding, and inferring others’ feelings and emotions, … Continue reading Empathy for the Reader