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Marilynne Robinson, author most recently of The Givenness of Things and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, November/December 2015.

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Ann Beattie, author most recently of The State We're In: Maine Stories and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, September/October 2015.

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Judy Blume, author most recently of In the Unlikely Event and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, July/August 2015.

Kevin Nance

Mark Doty, author most recently of Deep Lane and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, May/June 2015.

Tony Gale

Tracy K. Smith, author most recently of Ordinary Light and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, March/April 2015.

Christy Whitney

Donald Hall, author most recently of Essays After Eighty and featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, November/December 2014.

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March/April 2015

Jennifer Joel, whose clients include Chris Cleave, Joe McGinniss Jr., Evan Osnos, and Shonda Rhimes, talks about the difference between selling fiction and nonfiction, what inspires her to go the extra mile for her authors, and what writers should really want out of publishing.


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January/February 2015

In our tenth annual look at debut poets, we’ve asked the more than one hundred poets previously included in this feature to nominate their favorite debut collections of 2014. From that longlist of outstanding work, we’ve selected ten poets to feature here, who share their inspirations and influences, how their books began, and advice to those hoping to get their own books out into the world.


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Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.


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September/October 2014

A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.


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November/December 2013

Self-published author Jennifer Ciotta, literary agent Kristin Nelson, and independent publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash discuss the creative opportunities, challenges, and rewards of self-publishing.

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