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When a group of students at New York's Xavier High School wrote to their favorite authors back in 2006, only one responded: Kurt Vonnegut. Dogtooth Films created this video, featuring students at Hove Park School in the UK, to celebrate the late author's inspirational letter to the students, which urges them to make art for its own sake and to "make your soul grow."

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    "I’m not so much interested in things like plot and character and pacing and all that other literary nonsense, but rather the discrete quanta with which those things are built: Words. I like that the little music in a single word can, by its placement, or its very presence, beautify or corrupt the sentence that bears it; that the resulting sentence can test the truth of its paragraph, the paragraph of its page, the page of its chapter, and so on, until the success of an entire work seems to hinge on the single word by which the writer was originally seduced...."


    "I’ve actually found Twitter to be a strange and exciting writing device. I love the way it makes me think about text without context, content in spite of intent, form without formality. As a writer who likes to experiment with words (because otherwise what would be the point?), the sentences Twitter helps me to generate feel weirdly impactful...."

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    by Jen Michalski

    Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

    by Edie Rhoads

    Join indie author Edie Rhoads as she showcases the local literary treasures of one of America’s most picturesque cities.

    by Adam Ross

    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.

    by Michelle Wildgen

    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.

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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.

Mar/Apr 2014

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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.

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Agents & Editors: Amy Einhorn

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.

Q&A: Brenda Greene Celebrates Black Literature

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.

Students Serve as Poet Ambassadors

This April, during National Poetry Month, and through September, five high school students will work to promote poetry across the country.

Architecture for Travelers

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.

The Exiles: Report From Literary Syria

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.

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Notable Moments in Self-Publishing History: A Timeline


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.

2014 MFA Index: Further Reading


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.

2013 First Fiction Sampler


Read exclusive excerpts from the novels and story collections of debut fiction writers NoViolet Bulawayo, Bushra Rehman, Bill Cheng, Anton DiSclafani, and Chinelo Okparanta. 

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Einhorn Gallery
Credit: Christy Whitney

The publisher of her eponymous imprint at Penguin Random House, Amy Einhorn talks with Michael Szczerban as part of our ongoing Agents & Editors series of in-depth interviews.

Wild Retreats Gallery
Credit: Jean Pennycook

Poet Jynne Martin found inspiration among the penguins during a writers residency in Antarctica, one of the wild retreats we explore in this issue's special section.

Raboteau Gallery
Credit: Tony Gale

Novelist Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is one of three authors, profiled by Emily Raboteau, who persevered despite the commercial “failure” of early books.

Syria Gallery
Credit: Ala Hamdan

Contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. talks to Syrian writers in exile and describes the plight of refugees near his home in Madaba-Manja, Jordan.