Charlotte Lit’s Blog

Welcome to Charlotte Lit’s literary arts blog. What you’ll find here: reviews, interviews, craft essays, previews of literary arts events, and anything else that catches our attention.

Mark West Reflects on 40 Years of Community Engagement in Charlotte

When we heard that Mark West was celebrating 80 semesters teaching at UNC Charlotte, we knew we had to do something to commemorate the occasion. Mark has been a tremendous supporter of Charlotte Lit, most notably through his fantastic blog Storied Charlotte, which has become an integral part of our community’s literary landscape. It’s almost […]

The Magic of Listening to Stories

by Meghan Modafferi If you tune into NPR, sooner or later you’ll hear the phrase “driveway moment.” It’s when you’ve reached your destination, but you just can’t bring yourself to turn off the radio, to get out of the car. You have to hear the ending of the story that’s airing on, say, This American Life. […]

Origins of a Poem

by Chen Chen This poem started out as a tweet that was a bit more lyrical than usual. One of my favorite joys: when poems come from unexpected, seemingly unpoetic places. I Love You to the Moon & not back, let’s not come back, let’s go by the speed of queer zest & stay up […]

What IS an Essay?

By Randon Billings Noble What is an essay? A basic five-paragraph argument? A long and rambling meditation? A deep dive into academic research? A funny or embarrassing personal anecdote? Yes … but also no. An essay can be so much more than we might first think. Montaigne is known as the father of the essay. […]