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Kristin Wood
Lover of words, from the shortest tweets to the longest works of literature. She spends her days adventuring into the wilds of social media, working on her MFA, and adding an endless stream of books to her “to-read” list.

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Authors in Exile: Creativity in a Land far from Home

By Kristin Wood. Jun 4, 2014. 10:45 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, History

Creativity flourishes in a number of environments. Some writers find their inspiration by the ocean, in a cabin with a mountain view, or in a bustling coffee shop. Others just need isolation and plenty of spare time. This is why it’s no surprise that many great pieces of literature were composed during an author’s stint in exile. Here are some literary favorites and the stories behind their worst downfalls and greatest successes.

     
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Reginald Skelton: Discovering Antarctica

By Kristin Wood. Jun 1, 2014. 6:35 PM.

Topics: History

Reginald Skelton made the world a little bigger for the people of his time.  During a period when not much was known about Antarctica, he joined an expedition that opened doors for further explorations and scientific discovery. His work and photography gave the public a glimpse of an uninhabited continent.

     
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Milestones in Space Travel

By Kristin Wood. Apr 25, 2014. 12:44 PM.

Topics: American History, History, Science

For most of human history, the sky, the stars, and the moon were all an otherworldly mystery to those observing it from the face of the Earth. Some people believed that the celestial bodies were deities watching over them. Some thought that the stars could tell a story or form a prophecy when read correctly. Others found surprisingly accurate ways to learn about space without ever leaving the solid ground beneath their feet.

     
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Eleven Facts You Might Not Know About Shakespeare

By Kristin Wood. Apr 21, 2014. 10:36 AM.

Topics: Poetry, Literature, Drama

As a lover of literature, you may think you know everything there is to know about Shakespeare.  After all, no other author can really claim to have influenced language and storytelling the way he has. Even if Shakespeare’s works aren’t your favorite beach read, his writing and life demand respect from anyone who loves a good book. Since your high school English classes probably missed a few turn when reviewing his biography, here are eleven facts that may surprise you!

     
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John Muir: Documenting and Preserving the Natural World

By Kristin Wood. Apr 18, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: American Literature

If you are a nature lover, the works and activism of John Muir should hold a special place in your heart. He was one of the first advocates of preserving stretches of wilderness in the United States, and his writing reflects and affirms this value system. Muir's legacy lives on in the conservation organization he founded, The Sierra Club, along with several natural and man-made landmarks that have been named after him.

     
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A Laugh and a Drink with Kingsley Amis

By Kristin Wood. Apr 16, 2014. 5:51 PM.

Topics: Poetry, Literature

Kingsley Amis knew how to get a laugh out of his readers. He wrote many novels that depicted modern British life in a humorous manner, and it was these comedies that earned him his fame – but humor wasn’t his only forte. Amis dabbled in many genres, from poetry to science fiction. The Times listed him as one of the top 50 British writers in 2008.

     
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Barbara Kingsolver: The Political Role of Literature

By Kristin Wood. Apr 6, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: American Literature, Modern First Editions

Barbara Kingsolver is known for using her creative talent to open the eyes of her readers to global injustices, ranging from environmental to social problems. Drawing upon her own childhood experiences in the Congo, she wrote her most famous work, The Poisonwood Bible. This novel, along with every book she has published since 1993, earned a spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has also published several essays and poems.

     
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A.E. Housman: A Life of Grief and Passion

By Kristin Wood. Mar 25, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Both a poet and a scholar, A.E. Housman won over his readers with his lyrical writing, nostalgic themes, and powerful messages. Although he published only two volumes of poetry during his lifetime, these works have stood the test of time – especially his collection titled A Shropshire Lad, which explored human mortality and urged its readers to live their lives passionately and in the moment.

     
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John Updike: From Rabbits to Religion

By Kristin Wood. Mar 16, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Pulitzer Prize, American Literature

John Updike is proof that quality doesn’t have to be sacrificed for quantity. This highly accomplished author averaged at least one book a year during his career, while also composing poetry, short stories, and essays. He is one of three fiction authors to win more than one Pulitzer Prize.  Both novels to receive the prize were a part of his famous Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series.

     
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Woman with Heart — and Brains!

By Kristin Wood. Mar 5, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Poetry

When it comes to poetry of the heart, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s work has been read, enjoyed, and quoted among lovers and students since the 19th century.  Today she is most famous for the poems she composed for her husband, fellow poet Robert Browning. While these poems certainly deserve their praise, Browning’s success actually began long before meeting her husband, and her collective work spans much farther than just her love poems.

     
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