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Congratulations to Frank Wilson and Books, Inq.

From Jesse Freedman


Today, Books, Inq., Frank Wilson’s digital exploration of the arts, literature, and culture celebrated a significant milestone:

The blog has now passed 2,000,000 page views.

That’s a tremendous accomplishment, one that wouldn’t have been possible without Frank’s vision, generosity, commitment, and enthusiasm.

I’ve known Frank since 2008, and it’s been my great privilege to call him a friend. But Frank is more than that: he’s an mentor, an editor, a confidant, and a go-to for coffee dates around Rittenhouse Square.

So much about how I approach literature and writing has been informed by Frank, his blog, his stories, and his wisdom.

Let me take this opportunity to thank Frank for welcoming me – and our partners, Julie, Vikram, and Dave – as part of the blogging team, and as part, more importantly, of his life.

Here’s to the next two million!

Visit the blog : http://booksinq.blogspot.com/

Congressional National High School Arts Competition

art competion

Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District. Read more here: https://boyle.house.gov/services/art-competition

Brendan Boyle

Congressman Boyle has a page on his website for entering the contest. Click the link or 13th District HS students can call or email 215-517-6572 Anthony.luker@mail.house.gov Students in other areas can contact their Congressman.

The Individual – Combating the Norm

Ryerss Vintage Book Sale courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

In a society that continues to stress conformity, as opposed to individuality, the arts remain a bastion for individual accomplishment despite efforts to bring everyone in line with a certain school of writing or creativity. Individual thought spurs new ideas, challenges the status quo, questions authority and the flavor of the day. The mimeograph revolution in poetry of the 1960s, to the photocopy age of the 70s and 80s, and the current electronic revolution of the later part of the last century into this have shown poets are resourceful in combating the control of corporate and university publishers in providing poetry to the people. While there are some who condemn the wide range of poetry available today on the internet, one sobering fact remains, poets will not permit the individual nature of the art to be trampled upon.

andrew_wyeth courtesy of andrewwyeth websiteCharles Bukowski

A fine example of an individual remaining true to his art is found in the visual arts, in the person of Andrew Wyeth. Despite the post modernist movement, Wyeth stayed true to himself in his creative portraits and landscapes. Perhaps a lesson he learned from his father, a great illustrator, who attempted to blend into the French modernist movement. Then there is the poet Charles Bukowski, labeled as “the Poet Laureate of the low life.” A sometimes crude, harsh man, Bukowski could also be a gentle poet always writing in what is now known as the Meat Poetry style. He believed if the “big” magazines wouldn’t publish you, go to the “little ones.” Get your work out there for others to read. Today his philosophy lives on through the Outlaw Poets and he continues even in death to outsell the acclaimed poets of his generation.

federico_garcia_lorca1mohammed al-ajamiZhu Yufu


There is a reason dictators of the right and left imprison writers and artists. The written word and visual arts stimulate independent thought, challenge the senses, and encourage true diversity. The arts resist conformity. If one wants to write with passion or paint the common man or landscape, do it. If one wants to write about or paint obscure objects, do it. If a poet wants to write in form as opposed to free verse, do it. In this age when pressure mounts to conform and to lose individuality, we owe it to those who came before, to those who gave their lives for the art, to remain true to ourselves, following our own inspiration, no matter what anyone says.

g emil reutter– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA)

Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver Magazine

A new Philadelphia based on line magazine has joined the ranks of literary publications. Cleaver Magazine has a preview issue up at http://www.cleavermagazine.com/  Issue #1 will be released in March. Submissions are open on a rolling basis.