About Corridors

This special issue of Corridors draws upon the literary experiences of a group of writers, all connected in some way to Detroit, who started the magazine in 1979 and then set out upon their individual journeys. Some of the authors included here were a part of the original project, and we appreciate the opportunity to publish the work they’re creating presently, 30 years later. Others were asked to join us because of their ties to Detroit, to Michigan, or to the members of our editorial board.

The resulting eclectic selection represents the trust that these writers and artists have placed in us.

– Jane Dobija

A Brief History of Corridors

Once upon a time at Wayne State University in Detroit, in 1978, the well-known author and feminist Esther Broner taught a creative-writing class. The students included Jane Dobija, Joseph Coulson, Bert Scalvini, Carol Carpenter, and various other talented individuals interested in honing their craft and perfecting their work.

When the quarter ended, the students didn’t want their group writing experience to end. They had come to value and enjoy the give and take, the stimulation and challenge, they received from presenting their writing to their classmates. So they formed the Detroit Writers’ Guild, an organization of local writers who met on a regular basis to read their latest creations and offer support and constructive criticism to one another. The make-up of that group has changed over the years, but, as of 2009, it is still going strong, with a dozen members (some of them 30-year veterans).

Meanwhile, back in 1979, another creative-writing teacher, poet Steve Tudor, eventually became a guiding member and mentor to the group. When Jane decided that the members’ poetry and fiction—and that of other Detroit-area writers—deserved a forum, Steve encouraged her and helped her to launch the literary journal known as Corridors. Jane’s ingenuity knew no bounds; to raise funds to produce Corridors, she organized a successful, sold-out night of poetry and drama at a local Unitarian Church auditorium and recruited Writers’ Guild members to collate issue 1 in an effort to save money.

For three years, Corridors offered metro-Detroit some of the best new writing to be found in that cosmopolis. Then Jane moved to Poland, and it fell to other hands to complete what was to be the last issue of Corridors—until now, that is. Ms. Dobija is back, and so is her magazine, fittingly dedicated to the man who inspired both Corridors and so many of the people who were published in it.

– Anca Vlasopolos, Joseph Coulson, Anthony Ambrogio