Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Go MIdwest: the new American literary hot spot

photo by GL
In Flavorwire, Jason Diamond praises literature of Ohio (and the other parts of the country sandwiched between the two coasts):
"How can you think so little of the middle west when you take into consideration everything that is coming out of places like Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa? The writers... lit journals like PANK, the presses like GraywolfTwo Dollar RadioCurbside SplendorDzanc, and Hobart — all of these things make it hard to deny that the Midwest has become a region of serious literary importance. Combine all that with the fact that the cities are actually livable, and it might not be long until you start seeing trend pieces declaring places like Giffels’ Akron the new American literary hot spot."

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