The CausewayLit Editors’ Two-Line Book Reviews on Their Pandemic Reads

 Hello, CausewayLit readers,My name is Kristen Dalli, and along with Victoria Buitron, I serve as one of Causeway’s Co-Editors-in-Chief. As readers, writers, and lovers of words, Victoria and I compiled a list of our most recent reads to share with all of you. While this hasn’t been an ideal time for many things, it has … Continue reading The CausewayLit Editors’ Two-Line Book Reviews on Their Pandemic Reads

You’re Allowed to Feel: Guidance from Characters in YA Fiction

Since we started dating four years ago, my boyfriend and I have wanted to take a trip to Baltimore. The National Aquarium for him, Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite for me, and restaurants that serve good quality crab cakes for the both of us. With art museums and a massive Barnes and Noble bookstore to fill … Continue reading You’re Allowed to Feel: Guidance from Characters in YA Fiction

Surrounded: How Books Are Keeping Me Going in Quarantine

My name is Marina, and I’m addicted to books.They’re everywhere. I stack them anywhere there is an open space. My closet holds more books than clothes. Books serve as stands for mirrors, lamps, and jewelry stands. A bench I expected to refurbish years ago has become a makeshift bookcase, with books of all kinds stacked … Continue reading Surrounded: How Books Are Keeping Me Going in Quarantine

Summer 2016 Fiction Award: Why We Picked “Suddenly On Air”

  Today, we have the pleasure of announcing the winner of our first-ever fiction contest. For weeks our team of sparkling and voracious readers sorted through almost one hundred submissions. In the end, we selected "Suddenly on Air," by Edward Raso."Suddenly on Air" is a classic coming of age tale about a kid who starts work at the radio station … Continue reading Summer 2016 Fiction Award: Why We Picked “Suddenly On Air”

How Poetry Helps Prose Writers

by Muddy Kinzer  Karen Osborn is an award-winning novelist and writer of short stories. Booklist regards her writing as “…lyrical, focused, enchanting,” and Jodi Picoult admires how, “With grace and poetry, Osborn explores how the biggest emotions are sometimes found in the smallest seconds…” It’s true: “There was a small light over the phone booth, but … Continue reading How Poetry Helps Prose Writers

Why You Write

So, here you are. You have turned down invitations to parties and happy hours, because you cannot socialize when you have a character in your mind, her voice echoing like a message over a PA system in an empty hallway.