Lit: Stories and Storytellers

Four Bookstores Worth a Linger and a Latte

Books are like the Internet. They possess the power to take you to magical places. Unlike the Internet, you need to go to a physical place to find these books. These places are called bookstores. Begin your next jump on the reading rainbow with these four shops.

How Dana Spiotta Created the New Great American Novel

Spiotta sees potential, and conflict, in the rusty edges of Syracuse, which inspires her complicated, yet inherently good, characters in her fourth critically acclaimed fiction, "Innocents and Others.” As a creative writing professor at SU, Spiotta continues the legacy of literary giants like George Saunders and Mary Karr who also got their breaks in Syracuse.

22 Writing Greats With Ties to Syracuse

Maybe it’s in the salt. Or the snow. Or possibly the university’s top MFA program. But whatever it is, a lot of the nation’s best writers lived and worked here. Some, like George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, and Mary Karr, found their creative space as students or as professors. Others, like Hart Seely, David Foster Wallace, and Bruce Coville, wrote stunning works while living in Central New York. Regardless, they deserve your attention.

How to Ignore All Practical Advice and Become a Poet

When all other Newhouse grads flocked to New York City, Ryan Van Winkle traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland in pursuit of a New Year’s Eve party in August of 1999. Sixteen years later, he's an award-winning poet, a celebrated podcast host, and a one-man, international, creative circus. Lucky for us, he agreed to field a few questions.