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VIDA's Powerful Point

News and Trends

September/October 2012

With its buzz-generating statistical count of male and female literary bylines, nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has raised awareness of gender disparity in publishing and created a space in which women can exchange ideas and be heard.

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.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

September/October 2012

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 Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue and Frederick Seidel’s Nice Weather, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

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.

Small Press Points

News and Trends

September/October 2012

Small Press Points highlights the innovative and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features H_NGM_N BKS, the independent publisher of full-length collections by emerging poets, chapbooks, and reissues of out-of-print books.

Enduring Discovery: Marriage, Parenthood, and Poetry

The Literary Life

September/October 2012

After navigating a devastating crisis, husband-and-wife poets Craig Morgan Teicher and Brenda Shaughnessy reflect on the fortifying powers of poetry and their commitment to their marriage and one another’s work.

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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The Written Image: Antigonick

News and Trends

July/August 2012

In this issue we offer a look at a new, illustrated translation of the Antigone of Sophocles. Antigonick, a collaboration between poet Anne Carson and poet and artist Bianca Stone, was released by New Directions in May. 

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