A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.
A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.
Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, leads a conversation with authors Wendy Lesser, Yiyun Li, Alejandro Murguia, D. A. Powell, and Michelle Tea about the personal, political, and professional reasons we choose to write while living in a culture, a family, or a community that doesn’t always value what we do.
Online Only, posted 4.17.15
The Literary Life
<p>Writing prompts and exercises in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction employing kindness, strange connections, and the timeless wisdom of Special Agent Dale Cooper.</p>
by Melissa Chadburn
<p>In response to the pervasive gender disparity in publishing, the Los Angeles–based group Women Who Submit encourages women writers to gather together and submit their work to magazines, and to celebrate the often intimidating process of sending work out into the world.</p>
by Maria Massei Rosato
<p>At the Sewall House retreat in Island Falls, Maine, the practice of yoga opens up new possibilities in the craft of writing.</p>
by Benjamin Percy
The Literary Life
<p>A case for balancing action with introspection in fiction, in order to avoid “gumming up the gears of your story.”</p>
by Grant Faulkner
<p>A writer learns that letting go of the need for perfectionism, and instead allowing the creative impulse to guide him fluidly and freely, can revitalize the practice of writing.</p>
by David Shields and Caleb Powell
<p>What comes first—the human or the writer? David Shields and Caleb Powell discuss the origins and collaborative process behind the four-day argument about life and art that became their new book (and film), <i>I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel</i>.</p>