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"Listen, to everything." Ross Gay speaks with Furious Flower's Elizabeth Hoover about line breaks, gardening, and his advice to young writers. Gay's latest poetry collection, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), is longlisted for the National Book Award.

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    “I’m fortunate that I don’t often feel stuck, but I have plenty of days—most days—when I don’t feel like writing. Something always happens on the page if I can make myself sit in the chair..."


    “First, I put down the pen and paper or step away from the computer screen and go for a walk. The dog helps. She gets me up and out and away from myself. Once moving, I focus on..."

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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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The Sept/Oct 2015 issue features profiles of award-winning author Ann Beattie and poet Dean Young; in-depth interviews with 37 INK publisher Dawn Davis and BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald; our ninth annual special section on MFA programs, including essays on the culture of graduate programs in creative writing and a discussion of diversity and the MFA; and much more.

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Ampersand Episode

Listen to a preview of the new issue of the magazine; a conversation with Anne Beattie and Joshua Bodwell in Maine; a full-throttle fiddle performance by Ken Waldman; Parneshia Jones at Poets & Writers Live; and more.

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Agents & Editors: Dawn Davis

Dawn Davis—vice president and publisher of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group—talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what some of the most successful authors have in common.

Reviewers & Critics: Isaac Fitzgerald of BuzzFeed Books

Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of BuzzFeed Books, talks about the growth of the site’s book review section, what a typical day in the BuzzFeed office looks like, and how the Internet has changed the discourse around books.

Degrees of Diversity: Talking Race and the MFA

Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA program—the first low-residency program in the country—is taking strides to address questions of diversity, having started a conversation among faculty and students about the intersection of race, culture, and craft in the MFA landscape. 

Hong Kong MFA Program Closes

Last month, the City University of Hong Kong’s highly respected MFA writing program abruptly shut down. Joanna Scutts investigates the program’s sudden closure, which has prompted protests and political speculations from students and faculty around the world.

Shenk Ascends Black Mountain

Joshua Wolf Shenk, the new executive director of the Black Mountain Institute (BMI)—an international literary center that supports writers whose work addresses political and cultural issues—discusses BMI’s role in the culture of creative writing and what he plans to bring to the organization.

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MFA Nation 2016: A Compendium of Graduate Programs in Creative Writing


Start your MFA research with this comprehensive guide to more than 170 full- and low-residency programs in creative writing, expanded and updated for 2016. Each listing includes detailed information such as core faculty, special features, funding, tuition, application fees, and deadlines. The free PDF also includes a regional index, a cost-of-living comparision, and a handy Application Tracker to keep track of your applications.

Three Poets Laureate: Lightning Rods for Poetry


Three poets laureate—Luis J. Rodriguez, Joseph Bathanti, and Natasha Trethewey—talk about the various initiatives and influences they've brought to the position, and what the role means to them.

Piazze and Pasquinades: Report From Literary Rome


In a continuing series examining the lives of writers in the international writing community, contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. spends time with three authors in Rome who share a common desire "to shake free from a past so impressive it's suffocating."

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Ann Beattie Gallery
Credit: Greta Rybus

In Ann Beattie’s nineteenth book, The State We’re In: Maine Stories, published by Scribner, the award-winning author proves once again that her fiction has a timeless appeal.

Dean Young Gallery
Credit: Kevin Nance

In his new collection, Shock by Shock, published this month by Copper Canyon Press, poet Dean Young embraces the freedom of unreason.

Dawn Davis Gallery
Credit: Christy Whitney

Dawn Davis, vice president and publisher of 37 INK, talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what the most successful authors have in common.

MFA Race Gallery
Credit: Leslie Schwerin

In our special section on the MFA, a diverse panel of authors and teachers discuss race and writing programs, and the challenges that writers of color often face.