‘The Boys Who Play Sports’ by Ben White

“The Boys who Play Sports” by then-senior Ben White, won second place in last spring’s high school section of Montclair Literary Festival's poetry slam.
Anderson Park

Local Writing/Anderson Park: ‘The Wishing Willow’ by Vaurie Wilson

Vaurie Wilson's "The Wishing Willow,' the third winner in the Anderson Park Short Story contest, imagines good kid — and bullies — and a magic tree.

‘Desert Friend’: short story winner in Montclair Literary Festival

By GRETA POGLINCOThe following is the first place-winning short story in the first Montclair Literary Festival, held earlier this year.When it’s so hot you could cook an egg on a sidewalk it decides to...

Culture in brief: Open Book/Open Mind will host MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell will be in conversation with award-winning news producer and Montclair resident Tom Johnson on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave.O’Donnell relies on...
sex writer

Steph Auteri is writing life, and writing sex

In “A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality,” Montclair writer Steph Auteri writes about using her job as a sex writer as a type of therapy.

Open Book/Open Mind: the life of Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff, culture reporter for the New York Times, will talk about his biography of Robin Williams, "Robin," to Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall.
Writers' conference

All Write Now: a writers’ conference is a must

Writing is solitary. A writers' conference provides visibility, education, and community, writes Steph Auteri in "All write Now."

Members of Montclair Write Group contributed to award-winning book on pandemic

Four members of the Montclair Write Group contributed to "Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter," an anthology of COVID-19 stories and photographs. The collaborative project won two categories in the international 2021 Next Generation...

Open Book/Open Mind holds 2nd-anniversary fundraiser

Everyone knows there are a lot of writers and journos in Montclair. During Superstorm Sandy, many of them wrote in the warmth of the Montclair Public Library.The library's warmth continues to appeal to the...

Carrying on, and writing young: Montclair’s Dorothea Benton Frank on her new book

Montclair author Dorothea Benton Frank discusses her new book, "Same Beach, Next Year."