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Letters to the Editor

More creativity

February 3, 2011

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To the editor:

I was delighted to read in the Jan. 30 Pulse section about Lawrence’s new journal of writing and the visual arts, “Parcel.” However, I was also disappointed that the article in which this good news appeared made no mention of Lawrence’s several other very fine writing journals.

Not only has the Kansas University English department been the home of the “Cottonwood Review” for many years, but Brian Daldorph of the English department has long been the editor of the well-established and internationally known and respected journal of fiction and poetry, “Coal City.” In addition, Gary Lechliter edits the very edgy “I-70,” and for three years, the Imagination & Place group has published an annual anthology devoted to a particular theme concerned with imagination and place.

That Lawrence, home of Langston Hughes and other writers, continues to encourage thoughtful and diverse creative writing is a cause for celebration.

Comments

equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 11 months ago

In my experience Lawrence persecutes creativity rather than nurturing it. If you want to be enlightened by ignorance study at KU.

pace 3 years, 11 months ago

Your opinion is of course redundant. While I agree the University can have a chilling effect on creativity. I have found treasures in the Cottonwood Review over the years. There is also the Haskell collection of creative writings, Perspectives, since 1991. The Indian Leader newspaper publishes some great student writings. The Lawrence community has not only been supportive of wonderful unique work, it generates it like a steam engine. My favorites are the 60's and 70's magazines like the "City Moon" , "Grist". and "Plumber's Friend".

pace 3 years, 11 months ago

I felt I should add, my remark about redundancy was a joke since your post was doubled. I meant nothing personal. I also hear you about the University. It has several faces and some of them are ugly as hell, others are lovely,

equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 11 months ago

In my experience Lawrence persecutes creativity rather than nurturing it. If you want to be enlightened by ignorance study at KU.

Kookamooka 3 years, 11 months ago

I believe Lawrence could attract new businesses and enlarge the job pool if they would just give the talented artists in this community the funds to do great things. Imagination is in a surplus here. Harness it, make it something monumental and people will make Lawrence even more of a destination.

Ironically....you won't hear about all of the wonderful things the artists here do because the only news source in town doesn't have the man power, interest or, as they will say, money to cover the arts. What a pity for the dynamic scene that exists here.

KC has a grassroots performing arts and culture journal that covers just about everything. All of the writers volunteer because they believe in keeping the arts in KC alive. Why couldn't Lawrence do something like that? Are we too lazy?

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