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English Literature

Resource or all things literature

Literary Magazines, Books, Periodicals




McSweeney's Quarterly Concern - most copies are quite unique and we keep them in Archives.

Critical Creative Writing - great list of readings on On Racism, Interlocking Forms of Oppression, and Creative Writing

Don Swaim Collection

This online collection contains 888 records of digitized audio of interviews and radio broadcasts created by journalist Don Swaim. The interviews were conducted in the 1980s and 1990s with a variety of authors, editors, and other publishing industry professionals. Interviewees include Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize winners John Updike and Ray Bradbury, and Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro. They are unedited, free-flowing conversations that were recorded on inexpensive cassette tapes.

Lynn Johnson Collection

The Lynn Johnson digital collection features the work of photojournalist and Ohio University alumna Lynn Johnson. Images are selected from the physical collection of more than two million images spanning the 1970s to the early 2000s. Content includes images from her time with The Pittsburgh Press, freelance work with Black Star and Aurora photo agencies, assignments with publications such as LIFE, New York Times, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Sports Illustrated, and her on-set and off-set photography with Fred Rogers of the children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


Writing Software


Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.


SmartEdit is an add-on that can be applied to Microsoft Word, adding features that mostly fall within the school of ‘Advanced Editing’. For a start, it flags repeated adverbs and phrases, keeping a count to alert author of overuse or problematic repetition. It also enhances Word’s error-checking facilities to pick up on inconsistent, rather than just incorrect, punctuation and grammar.


Free software! Available for Linux, Windows and macOS, FocusWriter is designed to eliminate distractions so you can actually get on with the job of writing. To that effect it enables you to hide other apps, customize the way your text appears on screen and keep track of your progress. It blocks all distractions, has timers and alarms and an auto-save function. If you're feeling particularly old-school you can even add typewriter sound effects.