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Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Tig Notaro’s memoir, I’m Just a Person, and Mangalesh Dabral’s sixth poetry collection, This Number Does Not Exist, translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.
by Maya C. Popa
Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the Washington, D.C–based Writer’s Center remains committed to its original mission: the “creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work” both in the D.C. area and nationwide.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Mobile, Alabama–based Negative Capability Press, a nonprofit publisher seeking to publish new work that embodies the Keatsian formulation that “a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason….”
by Dana Isokawa
The newly revamped Literary MagNet highlights an author alongside the journals that have published that author’s work. This issue’s MagNet features poet Alice Notley, who takes us through five journals that first published pieces appearing in her new collection, Certain Magical Acts (Penguin, June).
by Betsy Lerner
A publishing-industry veteran who has worked as an agent, writer, and editor explores how her various experiences have helped her make decisions about both her own career and that of other writers.
by Michael Taeckens
Los Angeles Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg talks MFAs, publishing optimism, and how she’s revolutionizing her new position in the shifting landscape of book reviews.