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“The only working antidote I have found for spells where I struggle to write—the weeks and months where every poem seems to me some small, opaque machine,..."
Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story, leads a literary tour of San Francisco, a city of rollicking rogues and home of the Beats.
Ander Monson, editor of DIAGRAM and author of Letter to a Future Lover, leads a literary tour of Tucson, Arizona, home of the renowned UA Poetry Center.
In this tour of the Mile High City, novelist Jenny Shank visits the sites, writing groups, organizations, and presses that keep her hometown's literary spirit alive in the bootstrapping tradition of those “roaring drunken miners” who founded it.
Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.
Our annual Inspiration Issue features essays on writing about trauma as a subversive act, finding inspiration in rejection, the art of collaboration, the importance of publishing black writers, and our twelfth annual look at the year’s best debut poets; plus writing prompts for the new year, advice from agent Anna Ghosh, an interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, information about more than a hundred contests with upcoming deadlines, and more.
The eleventh episode of Ampersand features an interview with Colson Whitehead, author of the National Book Award–winning novel The Underground Railroad; a reading by Roxane Gay from her new story collection, Difficult Women; readings by some of our 2016 Debut Poets, including Ocean Vuong; and more.
by Dana Isokawa
Our twelfth annual look at the most exciting first books of poetry published in 2016, including Look by Solmaz Sharif, Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, and eight others.
by Frank Bures
A writer recalls his family’s history of depression as well as his own, and explores how writing through the darkest periods can serve as inspiration.
by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
A new literary trend is gaining traction across the country: Silent Book Clubs, parties in which a group of people gather at a bar, library, or private home to read together silently.
by Dana Isokawa
Carla Hayden, the nation’s new Librarian of Congress, talks about her role and what she hopes to achieve during her tenure. Hayden is the first woman, and the first African American, to hold the position.
by Marwa Helal
“The M Word: Muslim Americans Take the Mic,” a new series of readings and events from PEN America, aims to give voice to Muslim American writers and advance the conversation about the challenges that Muslims face today.
The New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief talks with musician Ben Arthur about her music, inspiration, distraction, adaptation, and her new book about the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986.
A roundup of new and emerging authors over the age of fifty whose debut books were published during the past year: Desiree Cooper, Sawnie Morris, Paul Vidich, Paula Whyman, and Paul Hertneky.
Max Ritvo, the author of Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions, September), spoke with poet Dorthea Lasky two months before his death from cancer. He was twenty-five.