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Literary Spotlight: The Spectacle

Writing by underrepresented voices pairs beautifully with curated visual art in this multi-genre journal.

The Spectacle

Ph.D. students Kelly Caldwell and Cassie Donish run much of their 4-year-old literary magazine, The Spectacle, out of their kitchen near Washington University in St. Louis. They’re passionate about the intersection of critical theory and creative writing.

“We’re interested in providing space for people to do weird and interesting hybrid and crossover pieces,” Caldwell says, explaining that as a scholar herself, she has found it difficult at times to claim the identity of poet as well. “Our goal is to open up the space for possibility in The Spectacle,” she says.

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