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Carl Dennis: Another Reason

No doubt you’ve seen him walking the streets of Elmwood on one of his morning constitutionals, or maybe you’ve stood in line behind him at the Lexington Co-op and noticed his gentle manner with the cashier. But it’s highly unlikely that you suspected from his unassuming manner that standing in front of you is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet.

Just Buffalo Writing Center Opens

“How solitary I have always felt, in my writing life,” remarks award-winning author and Western New York native Joyce Carol Oates in her essay “In the Absence of Mentors/Monsters.” She ends her essay admitting, “I think that I am still waiting to be ‘influenced’—by a loving mentor, or even a monster. By someone.”



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