Community Writing Hub

Welcome to the Community Writing Hub, a space where community and campus meet—and write. On these pages, you will find profiles of local writers working in and around northwest Ohio and at BGSU, links to community writing events, opportunities for workshops and seminars, publication opportunities, and so much more.

At the Community Writing Hub, we want to facilitate connections between writers and engage multiple communities in writing of all kinds.  

Featured Writers: September

Keri Black

Keri Black

Keri Black is the Director of the Rape Crisis Center at the YWCA of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Keri generously agreed to an interview about her experiences with writing.

Tell us about your background:

I am originally from Swanton, OH which is a small rural community about 45 minutes outside of Toledo. I currently reside in Sylvania, OH which is an immediate suburb of Toledo. In 2011, I graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, MI with my B.A. in English-Writing and a completed minor in Women's Studies. My final undergraduate research project was on the presence of rape culture in amateur erotic literature.

Read the full interview with Keri Black.

Dean Ray Craig

Dean Ray Craig

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Raymond Craig, generously agreed to an interview about his writing background, his most meaningful writing experiences, and his advice to writers. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Tell us about your background:

I'm a California boy, first-generation in college. I was born in San Diego, raised partially there and partially in east Los Angeles. I went to college at UC Berkeley, majoring in mathematics, and natural resources management and ended up an English major. I did an honors thesis on William Butler Yeats, but got sidetracked doing a master's degree at Kent State on early American literature. I did my doctorate at UC Davis on semiotics/poetics in early American poetry.

I went into English because I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a writer in high school but was dissuaded by an encounter with a particular teacher. Returning to writing was important, but when I got into the classroom for the very first time as a master's student, I realized I really loved teaching.

Read the full interview with Dean Craig.

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