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Today in New York City, the Pulitzer Prize board announced the winners and finalists of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes. Of the twenty-one prize categories, awards in letters are given annually for works published in the previous year by American writers.
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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."
"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...."
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 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.
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.
by Michael Szczerban
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.
by Charif Shanahan
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.
by Amanda Calderon
This April, during National Poetry Month, and through September, five high school students will work to promote poetry across the country.
by Jonathan Vatner
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.
by Stephen Morison Jr.
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.
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.