Arts and culture

Continental Drift

May 10, 2016

Author Russell Banks was born in Massachusetts but makes his home six months a year in Miami Beach. His fiction has won numerous awards and prizes over a forty year career. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Our book reviewer, Sally Bissell, has this story about Bank’s book “Continental Drift.”


May 6, 2016
Amy Bennett Williams

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett William’s rural Alva homestead is home to a colorful cast of avian characters including a flock of free range chickens, ducks and even a goose. This week’s encore essay from Williams details the life of one particularly well-mannered and brave rooster who could hold court over the entire motley crew.

Local History Through the News-Press

Apr 29, 2016

History is a favored subject of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams. And what better way to explore the changing character of a community through time than by going through the archives of your local paper? The News-Press began in November of 1884 as a weekly publication called, “The Fort Myers Press,” and subsequently provides a treasure trove of local news items dating back more than 130 years. In this week’s essay, Williams’ utilizes that archive to take us on a multi-stop trip back in time.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Dr. James Brock. He’s the author of four books of poetry, a playwright and founding member of the Ghostbird Theatre Company in Fort Myers. Brock teaches literature and writing at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he curates Versed in Florida for WGCU. He tells Amy Tardif there are a lot of current events mentioned in this month’s poem, some of which are quite raw. Brock also talks about racism in the classroom.

Old C-43

Apr 22, 2016

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams regularly highlights Southwest Florida’s wondrous animal and plant life, some of her favorite lesser-known spots in Lee County and the colorful cast of characters that make up the region’s history. That history is inextricably linked to the Caloosahatchee River, which William’s highlight’s in this week’s essay.