Georgia Monaghan, The Newtowner
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Doug’s guest is Georgia Monaghan, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Newtowner, a literary journal out of Newtown, Connecticut that’s current issue is dedicated to the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012. Doug and Georgia discuss the origins of both the magazine and this commemorative issue, it’s diverse and impressive cast of contributors, the capacity of art to heal, and the responsibility of writers to engage painful subject matter.
“The arts allow us to take life and find meaning, create meaning, transform it, transcend some of the worst things life can offer as well as celebrate some of the best things life can offer…what we’re trying to do is celebrate the beauty of this town, the people, the community, [and] recognize and give witness to what happened.”
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About our guest:
Georgia Monaghan was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and attended the University of Sydney, specializing in English Literature, History and Education. Her features have appeared in magazines and newspapers in Australia and the US. In addition to managing The Newtowner , Georgia teaches and facilitates the C.H. Booth Creative Writing Workshop, and is working on a novel set in Australia. You can visit Georgia’s writing and teaching website: www.georgiamonaghan.com and order The Newtowner tribute issue here