Death and Literature…Hand in hand?

A year ago March 25th, my four year old cousin died. Bookish loser that I am, my first thought was to turn to literature where surely a distraction would lie. But what I got instead was a sympathetic, all together familiar story to cry on.

This semester, The Coe Review received a staggering amount of stories about death. Which got us thinking, what is it that draws us to write about death, especially the death of family members? After all, death in literature is not a new theme. Think about it, what’s a big feature in the Harry Potter series?

What’s a prominent point in Shakespeare’s plays?

Death, especially murder.

How does the New Testament define the Gospel?

Jesus’s death.

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Fred Sasaki Comes to Coe

Fred Sasaki drives a Honda Fit.  He shops at American Apparel for tights- sorry, unisex tights.  He works for Poetry Foundation, and he loves emailing.  I’m sure that if Fred Sasaki could send a sassy email to President Obama and not have the CIA looking into his history, he would probably send at least ten a day.

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Staff Update: Midterms and Submissions!

It’s been a chilly winter in the Midwest. The Coe Review has been eagerly accepting and reading submissions for the past couple of months. We will continue to read and accept submissions until March 18th. So if you’re got a story you want us to see, send it our way! This semester we’ve broken up into small groups, meeting once a week to discuss the stories we are reading. We’ve all found this helpful in really digging into a story and exploring what makes a story good/interesting/exciting/captivating.

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