Origin Story

Already my outlook was grim.

This summer the office of Artful Dodge had to make yet another move—from the relatively lively basement foyer of Lowry Center, the student center at the College of Wooster, between the bowling alley and Mom’s Truck Stop, to the first floor of Lilly House, whose second floor is sanctioned off for professors on leave for research or other scholarly pursuits. So, I was sitting all alone in the new Artful Dodge office during the day: my only semblance of company being the vaguely alphabetized bookshelves, the dead lady bugs tucked under the couches, and the passing scurries of professors moving in or out of Lilly House, preparing for their year of research or to return to the towers of Kauke to re-join the cause of nurturing budding young academics like me.  Then, my roommate moved out for the summer.

Artful Dodge Editor Daniel Bourne became concerned for my mental health. I mean, earlier I had a roommate to come home to, but even that comfort had left me. I think I only gained two things from her departure: about three dozen eggs (brought by her boyfriend—he owns chickens, so it actually makes sense); and, the option of reading with the light on without having to consult her for permission.

In fact, Bourne didn’t hesitate in likening me to a hermit. I prefer to pretend I’m somewhat closer in proximity to Emily Dickinson, which has a better ring to it. It’s an apt description: as I sit here in Lilly House, taking in all the varnished woodwork and hardwood floors, I feel I am somehow becoming the character. In an attempt to fill the void, rather than start a garden, Bourne suggested I read more.

Well, that is precisely what I intend to do.

But here’s the thing: I can’t just read. I have to have some way to reach you, oh fellow internet denizen (forgive the rhymes but: it’s a friend I need or it’s a hermit I’ll be). So, I’ll be sharing with you, lovely internet, slices of my found favorites, all extracted from the pages of Artful Dodge. I’m hoping to show you some of what I love about the Dodge, and why.

So, without further ado, I’m kicking off a month of summer readings. Dubbed (somewhat ironically) “autumn’s summer hits.” Yeah, that’s right, summer—I’m coming for you!


Yours in the internet,

autumn, Editorial Asst.



            As a thank you for partaking in my efforts to stay sane this summer, I’d like to offer you a discount on all Artful Dodge issues (well, aside from the ones we don’t have, of course). I would be tickled pink if you sent me a letter in response to any of my summer hits along with a check for a Dodge of your choosing. Or, if you’re not the letter-loving rascal I thought you were, then it is just as acceptable to send in a small note saying “autumn sent me.” That, dears, will get you a dollar off any of our issues (that includes our current issue, AD 52/53), making back issues $4 and our current issue $11.

This offer stands until September 1st, when our online submissions platform goes live, and you can order issues directly through Submittable.

About artfuldodgewooster

Ohio based literary magazine, now over twenty years old, still in print, and gradually spreading across the digital world. Official Website: artfuldodge.sites.wooster.edu
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