New local literary site hopes to attracts writers and readers alike


Lovers of local literature and frantic coffee shop writing take note: There's a new online resource in town. Hazel & Wren seeks to provide all sorts of services for book lovers, including writer's feedback, writing prompts, submission tips, and event listings, all with an unstuffy, decidedly playful tone.

[jump] Created by sisters Melissa and Amanda Wray, the site places emphasis on words and writing, but it also has an appealingly visual layout (the combo probably has a little something to do with Amanda being a photographer and graphic designer while Melissa is a poet and editor).

A quick stroll through the site reveals sections dedicated to literary reviews, which appear to be updated weekly; Three Things, visual musings of paintings, photography, and YouTube clips inspired by a literary theme or odd book find; and an event calendar listing lit-related happenings around town.

Perhaps the most interesting tool for writers, however, is the Open Mic. The first one is scheduled for April 13. Writers are encouraged to submit works-in-progress to be critiqued by community members over a 24-hour period.

Though the site is new and still growing, the current content is promising and the nice layout--which is often lacking on lit websites--is delightful. This is a site definitely worth keeping an eye on.