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The Literarian, originally created as a place for the webmaster to highlight his writing, is open to featuring the writing of others who both practice and appreciate the art of word craft.  We are open to submissions from a variety of writers in virtually any genre, whether it's poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, theater and screen, novellas or more.  It is our intent to help writers of any level gain an audience for their text and to have a voice, whether the writer is just emerging or well-established in her or his field. 

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“As Thoreau famously said, it doesn't matter where or how far you go - the farther commonly the worse - the important thing is how alive you are. Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when one has just fallen in love.”
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Writing and Genres

One could say that there are a plethora of genres of writing, some that come to mind rather quickly while others that may not.  But in most of its forms, writing may be separated into two major forms: poetry and prose.



Whether a haiku or free verse, sonnet or epic, the poem has been a part of human literary history for thousands of years and was likely first handed down through oral tradition before the now more common and infinitely improved method of writing was invented.  Whether rhyming or otherwise, poetry in all its forms has been an enduring art form and means of communicating both the universality of the human experience in unique ways, including song.



Writers understand that any writing which is not poetry is typically  deemed prose.  This term is so all-encompassing, in fact, that it includes fiction and nonfiction literature, news, advertising, film, philosophy, law, and technical writing, just to name a few.  Prose can be as short as two words or as long as War and Peace or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the limits have not been plumbed.  Traditionally, it is in this category that most communication - written or otherwise - is performed, and although only some prose may be tightly defined as literary, The Literarian attempts to accept a wide range of prose, including those that are experimental or genre-bending.


Explore our site: perhaps you will find something you like and be slightly more enriched for reading the experience.  Although most of the works included here are formally unpublished pieces, we believe that many of them are ripe for print, given a little peer-review and rewriting.  After all, what worthwhile published pieces have not been drenched with a writer's blood, sweat, and tears, proverbially speaking. 


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