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The Columbus Anthology

Edited and with an Introduction by Amanda Page

184 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
3 illustrations
Pub Date: March, 2020

Subjects: Ohio, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Imprint: Trillium

Copublished with Belt Publishing
Part of their City Anthology Series

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“Most all of us have love/hate relationships with our hometowns. But what’s remarkable here are the myriad lenses through which the writers in this anthology view Columbus, its residents, its histories and everchanging present. This is a bountiful collection I will read again and again.” —Kathy Fagan, author of Sycamore

“What a vibrant, diverse collection of voices. The Columbus Anthology is a memorable chorus from a city too often overlooked.” —Lee Martin, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever

Columbus, Ohio, is a place whose identity centers on its supposed lack of identity—an American “every place” that has launched countless chain dining concepts. Enter the contributors to this wide-ranging volume, who are all too happy to fight back against that reputation, even as they recognize it as an inevitable facet of the ever-growing city they call home. “Maybe we’re not having trouble designing a definitive identity,” writes Amanda Page in her introduction. “Maybe we are a city that is constantly considering what it will become.”

Race, sports, the endless squeeze of gentrification, the city’s booming literary and comics scenes, its reputation as a haven for queer life, the sometimes devastating differences in perspective among black and white, native and transplant residents—and more than one tribute to Buckeye Donuts—make this anthology a challenging and an energizing read. From Hanif Abdurraqib’s sparkling and urgent portrait of Columbus’s vital immigrant culture as experienced through Crew games to Nick Dekker’s insights into breakfast as a vehicle for getting to know a city to the poetry of Maggie Smith and Ruth Awad, the pieces gathered here show us a Columbus far more textured than any test marketer could dream up.

Amanda Page is an essayist and educator in Columbus, Ohio.


Maggie Smith

Amanda Page

Five Reasons Why Writers Should Move to Columbus
Annie McGreevy

Buckeye to All That
Mandy Shunnarah

I’m Here to Win
Harmony Cox

Art in a City That Can Kill You
Scott Woods

Every Day I Ride the Bus
David Breithaupt

Swole for the Revolution
Meryl Williams

The Blue Jackets Have Turned Columbus into a Major League City
Jeff Svoboda

Sitting Out the Anthem: Reflections on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Racism, and Protest
Dan Skinner

In a City Marked by Change, Columbus Crew SC Remains a Powerful, Unifying Force
Hanif Abdurraqib

The City That Raised Me Has a New Face
Tiffany Williams

What Would Jane Say?
Sarah Marsom

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Stacy Jane Grover

Life in Franklinton
Greg Phillips

Breakfast with Columbus
Nick Dekker

Consider the Johnny Marzetti
Shelley Mann Hite

Flat City Nights
Robert Loss

Can’t Last
Bela Koe-Krompecher

Van Sciver in Columbus
Van Sciver

In the Silent City She’s Yearned For
Jen Town

Jen Town

Diorama Turned to Ashes
Jen Town

Black Woman Repetition (After Terrance Hayes)
Barbara Fant

Magic Before/Before Magic
Barbara Fant

Long Line of Strong Women
Barbara Fant

Fayce Hammond

Fear of Fuel
Fayce Hammond

Main Street
Rose M. Smith

Billboard, 2013
Rose M. Smith

Ackerman Place
Psyche North Torok

Nighthawks (Buckeye Donuts)
Joseph Hess

American Folklore
Adam J. Gellings

The Whales Are Always Feeding
Ethan Rivera

Justice Be Like
Ethan Rivera

Shapes Heard Free
Darren Demaree

Do the Right Thing
Charlene Fix

Geoff Anderson

Geoff Anderson

Flyover Country
Steve Abbott

Hold Me Like Ohio
Amy Turn Sharp

Robert Colby

Walking in the Topiary Park After Snowfall in February
Jeremy Glazier

On the First Snowfall
Will Evans

Auribus Teneo Lupum
Will Evans

The New Oath
Hannah Stephenson

Table Manners
Fariha Tayyab

Fariha Tayyab

The Dead Walk Over Your Land
Ruth Awad

Inventory of What Remains
Ruth Awad

Ruth Awad

Some Friday
Andrew Anderson


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