Education and the Western Canon

As probing as it is academic, Jacob Largen's essay on the academic merit of canon literature vis-à-vis contemporary writing claws at the fabric of classical English education. The value of a book is an odd thing to try and determine. The worth of literature seems purely subjective and unnameable, but there is an obvious hierarchy …

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The Hero of This Story

Michelle McKernan serves on Red Cedar Review's social media. In this inspirational piece, she makes sure to remind us that we're ultimately our own worst critics when it comes to writing the stories of our lives. We often read or watch our favorite protagonists with a sense of longing. We watch or read their character …

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Press-Enter-to-Poem: a Survey of Instagram Poetry

In this 1,500-word broadside, Red Cedar Review's Michael Wemmer shares a sober critique of Instagram poetry—half denunciation, half self-reflection. A conventionally attractive Instapoet influencer sits at his desk before his vintage mechanical typewriter1. It’s a Corona Four, circa 1924. Antique, black, well-worn—mail order, but that doesn’t matter. He traces his fingers across its keys and, …

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A Fruitful Conversation

In this special post, guest blogger Mark Ostermeyer shares his final project from Michigan State University's class Creative Writing Community (ENG 200). Here he reflects on his experience reading the forty-fifth anniversary retrospective issue of Red Cedar Review, published in spring 2011 and curated by managing editor Kelly Caldwell. You can check it out here, on …

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