reading

Sophocles’ Antigone, Modernized

July 3, 2013

Seamus Heaney brings his skill of translation to the ancient Greek tragedy, “Antigone,” first written by dramatist Sophocles in the 4th century BC.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 79 pages. While Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes” play translation was published in 2004, the [...]

Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest

September 22, 2012

What a day! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest!  We’ll be reading through the poems and announce our winners within the next week. Stay posted! In the meantime, check out our post on other poetry contests for this fall, read about some great [...]

Royal Poetry

August 31, 2012

The British Empire has been in the news quite a bit this year, particularly with the stellar ceremonies and nearly flawless production of the 2012 Summer Olympics (minus some last-minute security issues).  The Queen even parachuted out of the plane with James Bond as a stunt to commemorate the [...]

War Graphics (Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

August 6, 2012

In Marjane Satrapi’s 2004 memoir, Persepolis:The Story of a Childhood, we read about the life of a young, passionate girl with revolutionary parents during the return to Islamic fundamentalism and then war with Iraq in Teheran, Iran. While stark  reports and evening news pundits tend to be [...]

Summer Poems

July 2, 2012

July is a rich time for poetry; a time for summer poems. We love the nostalgia of the heat, the summer camps, thunderstorms, the plenty of the farm, tanned legs, and even slugs.  Here are a few of our favorite summer poems. Sharon Olds: “The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb“ [...]

They Is

June 26, 2012

If you haven’t gotten a chance to read Tobias Wolff’s short story, “Bullet in the Brain” — you’re missing out. Not only is it a wonderful study on structure, time, and character, but the exceptional quality of language makes the piece stunning. We encourage our [...]

Bookstore Spotlight: City Lights (San Francisco, CA)

June 18, 2012

As part of our newest series, TSHS members have been traveling far and wide looking for must-see independent bookstores. Being in San Francisco, you’ll feel rewarded for your diligence as a writer.  The sidewalks are often paved with quotes from poets, words from ancient languages, and [...]