proofsQuiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series.  Quiddity is published and produced in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station.

The print journal, published annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the world. International submissions are encouraged.

The public-radio program and the visiting writer and artist series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the print journal are invited to contribute to the audio journal and may have their work featured on the public-radio program.

The term quiddity means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes it what it is.” Because those who participate in the arts—crafters, readers, viewers, listeners—are its quiddity, the venue Quiddity seeks not only to gather work from a wide and diverse pool of individuals but also to share that work with a wide audience.

From the Editor
The arts have an exquisite capacity to engender moments of keen understanding—moments that can happen across time, culture, and distance, coalescing these into a distillate spark of acute discernment.  As such, Quiddity has deep regard for and is profoundly grateful to its audience and its contributors, without whom our charge would be without quiddity.  ~JBT


“Quiddity is simply delightful…it goes about its business of entertaining the masses of literary fandom…with an originality never seen…a wonderful romp through words…writing of the finest example…it doesn’t get any better than this.” ~NewPages

The brilliant thing about the medium is to hear poets reading, speaking and singing their works and the extra impact that it makes on the listener.”  ~Cambridge University Press


Joanna Beth Tweedy
Founding Editor and Host

Lisa Higgs
Poetry Editor

Judi O’Brien Anderson
Poetry Editor Emerita

John McCarthy
Managing Editor

Pamm Collebrusco
Anna Knowles
Associate Editors

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Bob Meyer
Programming Director

Erin Hovey
Josh Myers

Heather Goodman
David Logan
Prose Editors

Marianne Stremsterfer
Art Editor




Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program
WUIS, NPR Member and PRI Affiliate