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: November
Dan Denton is a poet, short story writer, community activist, and union autoworker. He is a former winner of the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry contest. His poetry has appeared online, and in print in Red Fez, Toledo City Paper, Toledo Streets, The Blue-Collar Review, and in several anthologies. His first chapbook, Bury My Heart in the Gutter, was published in 2018 by EMP Press. Dan is a co-editor of Cocklebur Press, a micro-indie chapbook publisher, and he hosts a monthly reading on the first Thursday of every month at Gathering Volumes in Perrysburg.
A college dropout, Dan has worked in factories for most of his adult life, finally finding a career at the Jeep Plant in Toledo, where he currently serves as a day shift Chief Steward in the Wrangler Assembly department. Originally from Illinois, he has lived in Toledo for the past 16 years. He includes reading, studying labor history, watching documentaries, and playing fantasy football amongst his hobbies.
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.