Category: Literary Studies

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

By Alice Friman LSU Press poet Alice Friman shares a poem that sprang from a life-changing experience. For me, writing poetry is the great permission. Everything and anything is allowed…. READ MORE

Words and Faith

Words and Faith

By Anne Pierson Wiese LSU Press poet Anne Pierson Wiese explores how an early love of books informed her unwavering faith in reading and the written word. Before I could… READ MORE

Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

By Robert Morgan The author of Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe muses on the fascinating life of the beloved writer. Much we assume we know about Edgar… READ MORE

Jolly Ranchers, Taffies, and Receipts

Jolly Ranchers, Taffies, and Receipts

By Cassander L. Smith The author of Race and Respectability in an Early Black Atlantic on what inspired her latest monograph. I don’t remember my exact age or the year,… READ MORE

Finding “Harriet Ann’s Christmas”

Finding “Harriet Ann’s Christmas”

By Thomas Ruys Smith In this post, Thomas Ruys Smith describes how he came across a long-lost holiday story by a celebrated New England writer of the late nineteenth century…. READ MORE

Opening Space for Venezuelan Poets

Opening Space for Venezuelan Poets

By David M. Brunson In this post, David M. Brunson explains how he came to put together the bilingual anthology A Scar Where Goodbyes Are Written, a collection of poems… READ MORE

Meeting Ernest J. Gaines

By Ruth Laney Ruth Laney shares how an impromptu interview inspired a love of storytelling and led to a decades-long friendship with one of Louisiana’s most celebrated writers. In late… READ MORE

Living History

By Raquel Kennon Raquel Kennon reveals how her family’s lineage intersected with her academic training and resulted in a book tracing the literary and cultural legacies of slavery in the… READ MORE

The Two Lives of Derrick Harriell

By Derrick Harriell Derrick Harriell explains how, as a poet, inspiration takes hold—especially when you’re least expecting (or even wanting) it. Before writing my recent collection of poems, Come Kingdom,… READ MORE