Arts and culture

Leaving Orbit

Apr 12, 2016

Margaret Lazarus Dean lives in Knoxville where she is an associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee. Her lifelong interest in the space program resulted in a Hopwood Award for her first novel, "The Time it Takes to Fall," about the space shuttle Challenger. Her newest book won the Gray Wold Press Nonfiction Prize for 2015.

The Orange River

Apr 8, 2016

The Orange River in Lee County is an idyllic path on the Great Calusa Blueway and a favored local spot for News-Press Storyteller Amy Bennett Williams who has been wading in its waters for decades. Beyond creating connections with the natural world here in Southwest Florida, the river occasionally turns up artifacts connecting us with the region’s prehistoric past as Williams tells us in this week’s essay.

Lab Theatre Play Tells Stories of Local LGBT Youth

Apr 5, 2016
Tara Calligan

The Laboratory Theatre of Florida’s “The Rauschenberg Project Play” tells stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Southwest Florida. Local teens and young adults wrote and act in the show.

The Kites of Spring

Mar 25, 2016
Larry Crovo

March 20th marked the official start of the Spring Vernal Equinox, but here in Southwest Florida, the return of Swallow-tailed Kites from their winter home in South America also heralds the return of spring. In this week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she recalls a family trip to one of Lee County’s more advantageous areas for spotting both the Swallow-tailed and Applesnail varieties. And kites or no kites, she reminds us how easily we can lose ourselves in Southwest Florida’s remarkable variety of wildlife.

  Because we’ve never had better Pad Thai!

 for B and K

To dance of Florida, a crenellated skirt, the high stilts

of gin and rhythm,

To speak of Florida,

To leave of Florida, a bed, a mother,

To whittle and paint of Florida, a ghost orchid, every twenty-dollar

bill American mailed to La Habana,

To cry of Florida,

To labor of Florida, Orlando, oranges, and Okeechobee,

To flower of Florida, a Bob Rauschenberg

left-over underexposure, the live oaks of Eatonville,