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NEOMFA Student Spotlight | Bill Soldan

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Dark Stories with Grit by Claude Christensen Two boys loot the still-warm corpses of two unlucky private airplane pilots. A recovering alcoholic struggles with making the right choice, over and over. A story about a disturbed addict with a penchant for self-mu... More »

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7 Questions with James Renner

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The local author’s first novel is getting a timeslot on Fox. by Megan Combs When you’re James Renner and something is meant to be, there are clear signs (trust me). That’s how he ended up in the Fox Mulder Room at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. The local author i... More »

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Belt: The Akron Anthology

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by Melanie Anderson   The best stories of any given place are told by the people who have lived there. They’re the people who breathe its air, who know the best restaurants and the shadiest bars, who can retell stories of haunted places and who can relay ... More »

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Understanding the Refugee Crisis

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Interview with ‘Seeking Refuge’ co-author Matthew Soerens by Noor Hindi Three weeks ago, I foolishly suggested to my dad that we go camping. He slowly set his black tea down on our coffee table, raised his eyebrows at me, and then let out a long sigh. In Arabi... More »

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Fems To The Front | How ‘Eleanor: A Zine’ came to life

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words and photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Twenty or so people quietly filled two living rooms, patiently staring in the direction of the microphone. Poet Lauren Olesh stood behind it, ready to deliver “Left-handed”, a poem about her renewed relationship with her fa... More »

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Rita Dove on Love, Race, Family and Akron History

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An interview in celebration of National Poetry Month by Noor Hindi A few months ago, I picked up Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection “Thomas and Beulah,” which tells the story of Dove’s maternal grandparents. My love for this collection was im... More »