Arts and culture


Jun 24, 2016
Amy Bennett Williams

 Aubergine, Guinea Squash or Garden Egg; Call it what you want, but the tropical perennial we most commonly refer to as eggplant stands apart in the world of fruit. From its intense color to the delicate tender texture of its insides, eggplant is a favorite of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams in just about all of its culinary forms. Her fondness for this particular member of the nightshade family, however, isn’t shared by everyone in the Williams’ household, as she tells us in this week’s encore essay.

Father’s Day

Jun 17, 2016
Amy Bennett Williams

As Sunday marks Father’s Day, and just before the official start of summer, this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams brings us a childhood remembrance of time spent with her own father on Midwest summer days and the lessons he taught her, including how to master the skill of rail walking.

  After Striking the Set, a Letter to a Director


for Brittney

After the actors have shed their lines, after

the tech crew has struck the set, walking to their cars

in the after-matinee sun, a single overwhelming light

that flattens their dimension, they become

something like shoddy, lesser ghosts, whose sins in walking

the earth are, well, pedestrian:  a dropped line, a scene of acting,

a forgotten sound cue, a misplaced prop.  The chains

“Fireflies” ENCORE

May 13, 2016
Quit007 via Wikimedia Creative Commons

This week’s encore installment from News Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams recalls a gift of nature’s night-time magic that was common in nostalgic memories from a childhood lived in the Midwest. It’s something she thought she’d lost upon moving to southwest Florida, but it turns out you just have to know where to look.

Ringling Opens New Center For Asian Art On Sunday

May 12, 2016
Roger Wollstadt

The Ringling is well known for its art collections. This weekend it's celebrating the opening of its Center for Asian Art.