Quiddity is a multimedia
arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and
audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist
series. Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership
with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s
journal, published semi-annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and
artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the
world. International submissions are encouraged.
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
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 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.