Chris M. Arnone

Chris was weaned on comic books and Hardy Boys novels, finding his first literary love in Lord of the Flies, and lasting love through Ray Bradbury. He reads and writes nerdy fiction in equal parts with literary fiction and poetry these days, but his imagination still leans toward the magical. He also performs on many stages in Kansas City, where he lives with his wife Christy and their cats. ​

How Does the Harlem Renaissance Resonate 100 Years Later?

We're a century separated from the Harlem Renaissance period. How, after all this time, do the writings of this period still resonate today?

Why I Gave Up Reading The Wheel of Time

It's a fantasy series beloved by many readers, but that doesn't mean it works for every reader.

BookTube vs. BookTok: Which Account Should You Start?

So, you've decided you want in on this hustle. BookTube vs BookTok. Which is better? Easier? Who is watching? Which should you pursue?

How to Read Punctuation in Poetry

You dive into a poem, but then see a comma in a place that doesn't follow any grammar rules you know. How do you read punctuation in poetry?

Quiz: How Many Classics Have You Read?

Ah, the classics. Some are so dense, they need a study guide to understand. How many classics have you read?

How to Ask for Better Bookish Gifts

As the holiday season approaches, the gift-giving traditions kick into high gear. How to you ask for better bookish gifts you really want?

Who is Doctor Octopus?

A quick primer on Doctor Octopus, the tentacled supervillain known as one of Spider-Man's greatest opponents.

How to Read Line Breaks in Poetry

How, exactly, are you supposed to read a line break? Here’s a brief guide to reading line breaks in poetry.

9 Binary-Breaking Books by Intersex Authors

Get to know the binary-breaking work of outstanding intersex authors, including Trans Liberty Riot Brigade.

How Poetry Made My Corporate Job Awesome

After finishing grad school and stepping back into Corporate America, I was dreading it. But it was poetry that made the transition easy.

A Guide to Japanese Poetry Forms

We've all heard of haiku, but that's far from the only Japanese poetry form. It's one in a long line fantastic poetic forms.

The History of the Peanuts Comics

Here's how this little comic made Charles Schulz famous! The history of Peanuts starts with a comic and ends with TV shows, plays, and more.

8 Literary Horror Books for Fans of Shirley Jackson

Already read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House? Here are eight more literary horror books to claw at the back of your psyche.

What I Learned From The Sealey Challenge

Even though it began in 2017, this year was the first I'd heard of The Sealey Challenge. So what did I learn from The Sealey Challenge?

10 Genre-Blending Fantasy Books

For those of us that love multiple genres of books, here are ten genre-blending fantasy books as good as any Pitch Perfect mash-up.