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What if F. Scott Fitzgerald had gone with the title The Coolest Gatsby? A collection of imagined, misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, Sh*t Rough Drafts, winner of the 2013 Great Tumblr Book Search, is forthcoming in April from Chronicle Books.
“In addition to reading, I generate narrative nonfiction by wandering around. I stroll downtown and through populated neighborhoods in search of an interesting person, a dramatic event, an unexpected interaction, a surprise sighting. I’m not searching for a scoop. I want something that fascinates me so much that it demands further exploration and documentation...."
“Like many writers, I spend a lot of time by myself, so I sometimes get stuck in the echo chamber of my own brain. The best remedy I’ve found, and the fastest way to inject new energy into my work, is eavesdropping on others...."
Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.
Join indie author Edie Rhoads as she showcases the local literary treasures of one of America’s most picturesque cities.
Adam Ross, author of the New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut, takes us on a tour of his beloved Nashville, "a great secret, cool as all get-out but never self-consciously hip or competitive," with a literary life as vibrant as its musical one.
Author and Tin House Magazine editor Michelle Wildgen serves as our guide to the literary locales of Madison, Wisconsin, a city whose lofty earnestness in everything from food to literature inspired her two novels.
Our Writers Retreats Issue features an exploration of residencies in remote wilderness locations; tips for pitching agents and editors at writers conferences; a report on the plight of writers in Syria; a profile of three novelists who persevered despite the commercial "failure" of early books; an interview with war poet Kevin Powers; an in-depth conversation with publisher Amy Einhorn; and more.
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of the forthcoming novel Bittersweet, talks with Poets & Writers Magazine's Kevin Larimer about how she persevered despite the commercial "failure" of earlier books and explains how this time is different.
by Michael Szczerban
The publisher of her eponymous imprint at Penguin Random House, Amy Einhorn discusses her early days as an assistant at FSG, the importance of titles, and how she pushes her authors to make their books the best they can be.
by Charif Shanahan
The executive director of the Center for Black Literature celebrates a decade of service and looks forward to this month’s National Black Writers Conference in New York City.
by Amanda Calderon
This April, during National Poetry Month, and through September, five high school students will work to promote poetry across the country.
by Jonathan Vatner
This spring poets Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu will build a house together after exploring the meaning of home through writing, photography, and a 680-mile walk across Texas.
by Stephen Morison Jr.
In a continuing series examining the state of literature abroad, poets Amjad Etry and Hala Mohammad and filmmaker Muhammad Bayazid discuss the challenges that writers and artists face amidst ongoing political turmoil in Syria.
Writers have been self-publishing since the beginning of written words. Celebrating those creative individuals determined to be heard, we present a timeline of notable moments in self-publishing history.
A comprehensive article about how we compiled the 2014 MFA Index of full- and low-residency programs, featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Read exclusive excerpts from the novels and story collections of debut fiction writers NoViolet Bulawayo, Bushra Rehman, Bill Cheng, Anton DiSclafani, and Chinelo Okparanta.