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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.

Posted 4.15.15

Benjamin Percy, the author of five books, including the novel The Dead Lands, published in April by Grand Central Publishing, wrote and recorded this literary rendition of the Ed Bruce song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," which was popularized in 1978 by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Lambda's San Diego School Initiative


In the LGBTQ Writers in Schools program’s first district-wide partnership, Lambda Literary teams up with the second largest school district in California to bring LGBTQ books and authors to students.

After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned

Online Only, posted 8.20.14

A writer compares what she thought would happen after receiving her MFA with what actually happened, and offers a few practical lessons to writers who may be considering, or who have recently completed, a graduate writing program.

Where We Write: Kansas

by Julene Bair

The Literary Life

May/June 2014

<p>Years after leaving her family farm in Kansas, a memoirist discovers meaning in her work while revisiting the past, and exploring her family’s relationship to the land.</p>

A Q&A With Willie Perdomo

by Tyehimba Jess


May/June 2014

<p>With his new collection of poems, <i>The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon</i>, Willie Perdomo offers a soulful melody that is as deep and vital and dynamic as the poet’s roots in New York City’s Nuyorican poetry scene.</p>

The Sentimentalist: In Defense of Feeling

by Nate Pritts

The Literary Life

March/April 2014

<p>Emphasizing the distinction between sentiment and sentimentality, a poet makes his case for writing with genuine emotion.</p>

Where We Write: Appalachia

by Mary Stewart Atwell

The Literary Life

March/April 2014

<p>A novelist who grew up in southwest Virginia and who writes of the mountains of her youth examines what it means to be an Appalachian writer.</p>

Why We Write: Life Seems Inconceivably Rich

by Richard Smolev

The Literary Life

January/February 2014

<p>Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease more than two years ago, an author considers the many inspirations that have kept him writing in the face of tremendous challenge.</p>
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