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A literary history of whales; Nobel Prize–winning author Svetlana Alexievich profiled at the New Yorker; Margaret Atwood on her new novel; and other news.
by Amanda Calderon
Frustrated by a reviewing culture that they found to be increasingly insular—and as such, less honest—two poets decided to create a safe new space for reviewers to write candidly—and anonymously—about new collections of poetry.
by Sandra Beasley
The Literary Life
by Michael Szczerban
Michael Wiegers, the editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, talks about how he decides which books to publish (from the two thousand manuscripts the press receives each year) and what it’s like to edit the likes of Pablo Neruda, W. S. Merwin, and C. D. Wright.
Joshua Cohen writes serialized novel in real time; “speakeasy” bookstore shows signs of reopening; a visit to poet Anna Ahkmatova’s apartment; and other news.
by Ken Waldman
Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, who over the past twenty years has been playing his fiddle and reading poems for audiences across the country, talks about how he has built a career—and a life—out of touring and sharing his music and poetry with others.
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