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by Melissa Faliveno
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.
by Kevin Larimer
“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.
In her Sorted Books project, Nina Katchadourian arranges books from libraries—including William S. Burroughs’s personal collection, as well as those housed in museums and galleries across the country, to find a kind of poetry in the spines.
by Stacia Brown
Amidst questions of racial diversity in the publishing industry, the Hurston/Wright foundation continues its outstanding support of African American writers, promising a brighter outlook for the state of writing in America.
by William Giraldi
Louise Glück says a poet must be surprised by what the mind is capable of unveiling, which may explain why her twelfth book of poems, Faithful and Virtuous Night, published in September by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, feels so startlingly alive with the wonder of discovery.
Online Only, posted 10.15.14
Artist and architect Matteo Pericoli pairs drawings of views from the desks of writers around the world with essays by those writers about where they write, what they see, and how their view informs their work
“I wasn’t going to begin again, having stopped, apparently, and started up again, foolishly, too many times already, attempting to write about my family and Spring Hope and myself there with them and later there without them.” It Will End With Us (Coffee House Press, November 2014) by Sam Savage. Fifth book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Chris Fischbach. Publicist: Amelia Foster.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Portland, Oregon–based Tavern Books, which publishes original, translated, and reprinted poetry, as well as the Honest Pint, a unique take on the literary journal.