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"In my own writing, I feel safest when I'm farthest from what I know." Tracy K. Smith reads "Digging" by Seamus Heney, the poem she feels "invited her to start writing poetry," and from "My God, It's Full of Stars," a poem she wrote about her father. This video, part of the P.O.P. series, was shot and edited by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in collaboration with the American Academy of Poets.
“In the morning when I walk to work, I try to think up stories for everything I see along the way. Three birds sitting on a bag of trash behind the used record store. A waterlogged ball cap in a parking lot. A turtle gliding past sun-bleached beer cans in the stream that winds its way through downtown. Each has enough story in it to fuel an entire writing career...."
"Before Knockemstiff made him famous, my friend Donald Ray Pollock came home from work at the paper mill, rolled a page into his typewriter, and began to copy, word by word, passages by writers he admired. One day Raymond Carver, the next day Cormac McCarthy, the next day Dawn Powell, the next day Larry Brown. This, he told me, was the bulk of his writerly education...."
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 Literary Agents Issue features an in-depth look at the author-agent relationship, including stories of how ten authors found representation and an extensive Q&A with agent PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates; as well as a profile of legendary novelist James Lee Burke by Benjamin Percy; a roundup of the summer's best debut novels; tips on how to keep your book’s buzz alive; the art of reading Lauren Slater; and much more.
Two forthcoming books from Siglio Press collect the art and writing of Ray Johnson, pop artist and founder of the New York Correspondence School.
by Michael Szczerban
PJ Mark, whose clients include Samantha Hunt, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dinaw Mengestu, Maggie Nelson, Ed Park, and Josh Weil, talks about what writers can do to improve their chances of success, why fiction is harder to sell than nonfiction, and the importance of trusting your heart.
by Rachael Hanel
A new digital-first publisher launched in March of this year with the novella Sleep Donation by best-selling author Karen Russell, signaling a new benchmark in digital literature’s continued march toward prominence.
by Amanda Calderon
Ron Capps’s Washington, D.C.–based Veterans Writing Project helps military veterans and their families begin to heal through writing workshops around the country.
by Jonathan Vatner
Harry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz revive the Calliope Author Readings, their series of original recordings from the 1960s by novelists James Baldwin, Philip Roth, John Updike, and others in their early careers—by converting the original vinyl recordings to digital.
The Guardian’s literary editor discusses the newspaper’s new monthly prize for self-published books by writers based in the U.K.
Read exclusive excerpts from the novels and story collections of debut fiction writers Courtney Maum, Scott Cheshire, Celeste Ng, Yelena Akhtiorskaya, and Mira Jacob.
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.