The Path Not Chosen: Stories of Mental Health

by Amy S. Dalrymple Poets transformed the Inspiration to Movement dance studio into a stage for Central Ohio writers to perform work about their journeys through the mental health landscape. Columbus-based poet Alexis-Rueal created this event to provide an artistic alternative to stigma and silence. The poems you’ll hear offer candid, evocative, sometimes funny, and…

Gramercy Books, the making of a bookstore success

Linda Kass, owner of Gramercy Books in Bexley, talks about her journey into creating a bookstore which offers a vibrant space for authors and artists, as well as a children’s area and inviting Kittie’s coffee shop to be a (very close) neighbor. Behind-the-scenes information on researching a successful bookstore as well as Kass’ favorite books…

Designing a Writer’s Retreat

For your writing enrichment this summer, listen to podcasts at Writers and Company and KCRW’s Bookworm. Subscribe to CRWROPPS Yahoo list-serve for writing markets, residencies, and job posts, or Duotrope and set up a Submittable account. Nita Sweeney’s email list Write Now Newsletter provides comprehensive information on writing events in Columbus, Ohio, and be sure…

Andrew Miller’s Debut Memoir

Andrew Miller, whose book If Only the Names Were Changed debuted in August, talks with Word Carver editor Cynthia Rosi, about turning addiction and a history of abuse into carefully crafted writing and beauty. WGRN-LP, Columbus on Saturdays at 12:30pm, 94.1-fm. Listen to the podcast here.

Seven ways to create the writer’s retreat you crave

Writing projects take second place during the school year when I teach at Capital University. I often wish for the spaciousness of creative work in the hubbub of the school schedule. Last the spring I applied for a residency, and received the wonderful news “you’re in!” The following day came this caveat: “You’re on the…