Quiddity

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About Quiddity
Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series.  Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station.

The print journal, published semi-annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the world. International submissions are encouraged.

The public-radio program and the visiting writer and artist series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the print journal are invited to contribute to the audio journal and may have their work featured on the public-radio program.

The term quiddity means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes it what it is.” Because those who participate in the arts—crafters, readers, viewers, listeners—are its quiddity, the venue Quiddity seeks not only work from a wide and diverse pool of individuals but also to share that work with a wide audience.

From the Editor
The arts have an exquisite capacity to engender moments of keen understanding— moments that can happen across time, culture, and distance, coalescing these into a distillate spark of acute discernment.  As such, Quiddity has deep regard for and is profoundly grateful to its audience and its contributors, without whom our charge would be without quiddity.  ~JBT

Arts
2:14 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Illinois Poet Laureate Puts Own Stamp On Job

Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein has a daunting task: following two Pulitzer Prize winners as the poet laureate of Illinois.  

Ten years into the job, the Bradley University professor is putting his own signature on the unpaid position that's considered crucial to widening appreciation for the art form. He's created a state poetry website and donates his own money to buy poetry books for libraries across the state. He also offers advice to young poets.  

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