Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of late summer.
Each piece of Middle Summer is connected to some other piece, forming a web of what author Rebecca Solnit has called local truths.
As late summer begins, all the katydids are singing. They call out the close of the Dog Days, and even though the heat often lingers, the rhythm of the season has shifted, its tones have been altered, colors and sounds and scents all pointing to fall.
Last month the week-long Antioch Writers' Workshop was held in Yellow Springs. The workshop's faculty members, all published authors, held nightly readings at Antioch University Midwest during that week and for the next month we'll be bringing excerpts from some of those readings here on WYSO Weekend. Our first reading is from Trudy Krisher, an award-winning author and assistant professor at Sinclair Community College. This year she served as the instructor for the young writers attending the workshop. Here she reads from her novel Kinship, which is set in a South Georgia trailer park i
Take a walk up the steep, narrow streets of Cleveland's Little Italy and you may wonder if you're still in Ohio. The sounds of Italian opera spill from a corner restaurant, while across the street, patrons at a sidewalk cafe munch cannoli with their cappuccino. Cleveland native and Italian tour guide Diana Maiola Cirino says the location of Little Italy was a perfect fit for Italian immigrants who began arriving here in 1885.