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The Written Image: The Odyssey

News and Trends

September/October 2012

In this issue we offer a look at Seymour Chwast’s graphic novel adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey, to be released by Bloomsbury in September.

Q&A: NYU's Landau Directs Paris MFA

News and Trends

September/October 2012

As director of NYU’s creative writing program, Deborah Landau speaks about the university’s new low-residency MFA program in Paris and the storied literary history of the City of Light.

First: Claire Vaye Watkins’s Battleborn

The Practical Writer

September/October 2012

After a hotly contested auction among ten major publishers, twenty-eight-year-old Claire Vaye Watkins’s debut story collection, Battleborn, has arrived.  

Lives of the Civil Servants: The Choices We Make

The Literary Life

September/October 2012

After reading about one famed writer’s seemingly carefree existence, novelist Jesse Browner ruminates on his personal decision to forego the romanticized bohemian life and contemplates every writer’s choice to pursue the trade-offs writers face between artistic aspirations or financial security.

The Teachable Talent: Why Creative Writing Can Be Taught

Special Section

September/October 2012

Having witnessed firsthand the merits of one student’s MFA education, author and creative writing teacher Gregory Spatz considers the well-worn debate on whether creative writing can be taught, and what he himself learned from his mentorship role.

Literary MagNet

News and Trends

September/October 2012

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue’s MagNet features the Hudson Review, BOMB, Esopus, the Rattling Wall, and the Believer.

Q&A: The NEA’s New Literature Director

News and Trends

July/August 2012

As he steps into his new role as the NEA’s literature director, Ira Silverberg speaks about the books that first drew him to literature and how he’s currently serving the field at the nation’s largest art organization.

Librotraficante Takes Back the Book

News and Trends

July/August 2012

In a fight against the controversial Arizona House Bill 2281, which effectively bans ethnic-studies classes and curricula, novelist Tony Diaz and other members of the Texas-based arts advocacy group Nuestra Palabra have formed a network of writers and supporters to raise awareness about the impact of the bill and to counter its effects with initiatives such as “banned book bashes” and the building of underground libraries.

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Literary MagNet

News and Trends

July/August 2012

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue’s MagNet features Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism, Fairy Tale Review, and Unstuck.

Small Press Points

News and Trends

July/August 2012

Small Press Points highlights the innovative and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Stoneslide Books, a recently launched fiction press looking for narratives that prompt readers “to think, to ask questions, to move the mind forward.”

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