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“I wrote the book to tell the stories of my people and my community in the American West,” says Kali Fajardo-Anstine about her debut story collection, Sabrina & Corina (One World, April). “I come from a storytelling tradition, and the urge to explore
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Conferences & Residencies
POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES application information for writers conferences, literary festivals, residencies, and colonies of interest to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Applications for the following events are due sh
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O’Rourke to Edit the Yale Review
In July poet and critic Meghan O’Rourke will take over as the editor of the Yale Review, Yale University’s quarterly of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism. O’Rourke, who has been an editor at the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Slate, succe
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The Time Is Now
Suggested Reading: The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life (Vintage, June) by Richard Russo Published in hardcover by Knopf last May, the bestselling novelist’s essay collection, now in a paperback edition, contains insights into Russo
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In Celebration of Writers
POETS & WRITERS IS MORE than a magazine. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving creative writers. We pay fees to writers giving readings and leading workshops, provide information and advice to authors, and help them connect with one an
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Say Yes to Yourself
IT WAS 5:30 in the morning when I began writing this. Early in my writing career I heard the Puerto Rican writer Judith Ortiz Cofer answer a standard interview question, and it changed the way I have operated for the rest of my writing life. The ques
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Author Envy
SPEND enough time around writers and you’re certain to hear it. Often it’s barely caught at the tail of a comment, or in certain murmurings, or else heard in an outright hiss or snarl. It can wear the cloak of sarcasm or ridicule or calm contempt; so
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SHADOW Narratives
ON THE day we are trying to carve out time for a conversation, Paisley Rekdal is juggling her teaching schedule at the University of Utah with a morning speech at a philosophy conference on social pain and memory and a late-afternoon meeting to chair
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EDITOR’S Note
EXCUSES ARE EASY TO COME BY AT FIVE IN THE MORNING. It’s dark, for one thing. And you’re probably supercomfortable. Plus, rising at such an ungodly hour, honestly, it sort of hurts, doesn’t it? And will anyone even know, or care, if you shut off the
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A Look Inside the System of Competition
DURING my last year of college I decided to enter a few creative writing contests. I figured I could use the deadlines as motivation to push some rough drafts into final form, and I might even make a little money in the process. So I conducted a bit
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Columbia University School Of The Arts
NONFICTION FICTION POETRY OPTION FOR JOINT COURSE OF STUDY IN LITERARY TRANSLATION NONFICTION: Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate FICTION: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Ei
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Winners on Winning
WE ASKED six writers who recently won contests—from single-piece awards to book-publication prizes to life-changing fellowships and grants—to discuss how winning (and losing) has affected their careers and to offer advice for writers thinking of ente
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Reactions
Feedback from readers It was with great interest and pleasure that I read Jeremy Tiang’s “The Art of Translation: Many Englishes, Many Chineses” (March/April 2019). I came away very inspired and motivated. I’m fluent in French and have degrees in Fre
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How to Get Paid
LAST year James Wolf, a retired insurance agent making his first foray into literary fiction, sent portions of his unpublished novel, “No Good Day to Die,” to a handful of agents and publishers. In their responses the industry experts all told Wolf e
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The Bookshop Band
For two weeks in January and February, English singer-songwriters Beth Porter and Ben Please, who together form the Bookshop Band, traveled across the United States performing their book-inspired music in libraries and bookstores. With their two-year
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Negotiating Your Contract
FOR many writers, an agent agreement or publishing contract can be an elusive thing. As with four-leaf clovers, having one in your hand can feel like a matter of luck as much as hard work and perseverance. Because of the dismaying odds and long years
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Sharing Poetry Chapbooks Online
The mission of Poets House has always been to make poetry accessible to all. The public poetry library and nonprofit, which houses more than seventy thousand volumes of poetry in its New York City home, recently launched a chapbook digitization proje
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Agent Advice
Areas of interest: Literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoir, cultural criticism Representative clients: Laura Pritchett, Michael Kardos, Jennifer Kabat, Devorah Blachor, Dave Madden, and Natalie Eve Garrett Looking fo
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Page One
“It’s been twenty-five years since I last murdered someone, or has it been twenty-six?” Diary of a Murderer (Mariner Books, April 2019) by Young-Ha Kim, translated from the Korean by Krys Lee. Twelfth book, fifth story collection. Agent: Kent Wolf. E
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The Savvy Self-Publisher
ELIZABETH Hutchison Bernard has been writing for most of her life, but after graduating from Northwestern University she pursued a career in music, working as a vocalist, flutist, and songwriter. She later became the communications director for the A
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Hub City’s New Southern Fiction Series
This spring, Spartanburg, South Carolina–based Hub City Press is partnering with Charles Frazier, author of the National Book Award–winning novel Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997), to launch a new series that will highlight literary fictio
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New Titles
By George Keithley George Braziller, Inc. “The Donner Party is one of the three or four finest book-length American poems ever written.”—Poetry. “Out of the western migration of the 1840s…Keithley has made a lean, taut narrative poem that moves with
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The Anthologist
Edited by Elizabeth J. Coleman, Here: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press, April) features poems that address climate change and environmental degradation along with a guide to environmental activism written by the Union of Concerned Scientists
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Deadlines
POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of less than $1,000 that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards.
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Wattpad Surges Into Print
At a time when publishers and media companies are constantly adapting print content for digital platforms, Wattpad, an online storytelling community with seventy million active writers and readers worldwide, is expanding to print. In January the comp
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Recent Winners
Mark McCloughan of New York City won the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for “Devotion (Reflection).” McCloughan received $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poem by a poet under th
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Small Press Points
In the hardscrabble world of small presses, a ten-year anniversary is a major achievement, so BkMk Press (newletters.org/bkmk-books), which is approaching its fiftieth, has much to celebrate. Founded in 1971 as an outlet for Midwestern writers, the p
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