Monument Club explores arts and culture from the perspectives of individuals embracing right and left. We assert that acknowledging opposite streams running in the heart affirms human experience.
Our heroes include Camille Paglia, Christopher Hitchens, Aayan Hersi Alli, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, Kay Redfield Jamison, Amy Hempel, George Orwell, ZZ Packer, Ha Jin, Ernest Hemingway, Marilynne Robinson, Francine Prose, John Gardner, Norman Mailer, Cormac McCarthy, Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, Yukio Mishima, and Oscar Wilde.
Editor Ryan Blacketter is the author of Down in the River. He works as a mentor for PEN America's Prison Writing Program.
Editor Christopher Schmitz is an essayist and poet from Cleveland, Ohio. Educated at Catholic schools through 12th grade, he attended Kenyon College and Cleveland State University, earning a B.A. in English with a master's degree in progress. He has held diverse jobs ranging from blackjack dealer to undertaker. His poems have been set to music by local composers and performed publicly, and he's won an essay contest for a piece comparing Walt Whitman and James Baldwin that earned a picture and article in Cleveland's "Plain Dealer" newspaper. He counts Camille Paglia, James Baldwin, Yukio Mishima, Cormac McCarthy, and Leslie Fiedler among his writing idols.