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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” South African leader Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at age ninety-five. He claimed the poem “Invictus,” written by English poet William Ernest Henley and published in 1875, helped him survive twenty-seven years of incarceration on Robben Island. Watch this moving interpretation of the inspirational poem.
“I reread constantly for inspiration. Seek: Reports From the Edges of America and Beyond by Denis Johnson stokes my curiosity. Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water reminds me to own my fierceness, to conjure it onto the page. I also look for synchronicities and act on them in my writing and in my life...."
"When I’m stuck or feeling unmotivated, I turn to the drawers near my writing desk. They contain notes from past English classes and old spiral-bound journals. Reading the passionate scribbles of the student I used to be reminds me of the hunger that drove me to literature and writing in the first place...."
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 Self-Publishing Issue features a comprehensive collection of articles on the rise of the independent author, including an overview of options, expert advice, and important warnings for self-published writers; profiles of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, poet August Kleinzahler, and fiction writer Andre Dubus III; an essay on the short stories of Denis Johnson; tips on how to be a good literary citizen; and much more.
View a selection of Matt Kish's amazing illustrations of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, featured in this issue's The Written Image.
by Rachael Hanel
The New Heave-Ho, a PDF-only poetry press founded by poet Noel Black, aims to deliver poetry collections to the masses in free and by-donation PDF format.
by Kevin Larimer
Self-published author Jennifer Ciotta, literary agent Kristin Nelson, and independent publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash discuss the creative opportunities, challenges, and rewards of self-publishing.
by Kevin Nance
Kate Gale, the cofounder and managing editor of the Pasadena, California–based Red Hen Press, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary next year, discusses the press's history, growth, and the keys to its success.
by Jonathan Vatner
The Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City kicks off a season of special events in honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary, starting with an exhibit of rare photos, letters, and ephemera from the center's storied past.
by Carrie Neill
The live storytelling scene, commonly known as Live Lit, has taken off in Chicago, often boasting more than fifty shows a month in the Windy City.
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.