House of Representatives

World Literature Today Celebrated on House Floor

5/11/2022 12:21:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House recognized a giant in literary magazine publishing Tuesday. 

World Literature Today is a 95-year-old Norman publication that currently serves as the humanities center for the University of Oklahoma. 

The mission of the World Literature Today organization is to serve the international, state, and university communities by achieving excellence as a literary publication, a sponsor of literary prizes, and a cultural center for students.

Rep. Merleyn Bell, D-Norman, began her professional career as an intern and eventually became the publication’s art director.

“I’m proud and honored to recognize this jewel in Oklahoma’s crown,” Bell said. “Since its humble beginnings as an academic journal, World Literature Today has evolved and expanded its reach, connecting writers and readers across the globe through the publication of their award-winning magazine and support of literary programming that all takes place right here in Oklahoma.”

In a press release, Davis-Undiano said that he is humbled and honored by the state’s decision to honor WLT’s unique legacy. 

“World Literature Today has a big following around the world. It belongs to the people of Oklahoma, and I’m so proud to be one of the stewards of this rich tradition,” Davis-Undiano said.

May’s issue is World Literature Today’s 400th and features prominent writers and artists from around the world, including Oklahoma. Approximately, 1.4 million readers enjoy WLT each year.

“It is a blessing to have World Literature Today in Oklahoma and my district,” Bell said. “The impact this magazine has had on my life, and the lives of millions of other artists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers, is immeasurable.”