21Lit is written for readers and writers of contemporary literature.   I focus on the fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry of the 21st century with occasional forays into the late 20th century.   My goal is to introduce readers to the wide variety of talented writers–some fresh, some well-established–working today.

This blog, although open to everyone, is especially designed for students in the 100% online Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing program at Concordia University-St. Paul, where I teach English. (For more information, click here.) Many of my posts will include questions about the craft of writing.  All readers, not just students,  are encouraged to respond to my posts with comments and questions.

Feel free to contact me if you would like more information about our online MFA-Creative Writing program!

Debra Beilke, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Concordia University-St. Paul