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Why We Write: The Wounded and Enduring

by Wendy Brown-Baez

The Literary Life

July/August 2014

<p>Through her work with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a poet discovers that writing can grant a type of freedom to incarcerated men—and in the process finds her own sense of peace in the wake of personal trauma.&nbsp;</p>

Labor of Love: The Anthology from Conception to Publication

by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon

The Practical Writer

May/June 2014

<p>Two novelists discuss the excitement and challenges of editing an anthology of essays.</p>

The Aha! Moment: Carl Phillips, Judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

May/June 2014

<p>The current judge for America’s oldest and most prestigious first-book prize for poets discusses his encounter with the poems from <i>Blue</i> <i>Yodel</i>, Ansel Elkins’s 2014 prize-winning collection, which will be published next year by Yale University Press.&nbsp;</p>

Posted 2.12.14

Dani Shapiro is the author of five novels and three memoirs, including most recently Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, published last October by Atlantic Monthly Press. With an introduction from Poets & Writers managing director Melissa Ford Gradel at the first Poets & Writers Live event this past January in Los Angeles, Shapiro reads from her new book and discusses what it means to write, and to keep writing.

Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force

by M. Allen Cunningham

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>While writers often express the need for fewer restrictions in their writing lives, one author argues that implementing limitations may actually lead to surprising—and productive—results.</p>

What It Takes: The Messy, Beautiful Business of Being a Writer Parent.

by Jamie Quatro

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>In a deeply personal chronicle that spans nearly twenty years, one writer grapples with the struggles, strangleholds, and immeasurable inspirations of being a writer parent.</p>

Writing the Sex Scene: Nothing Throbbing, Nothing Turgid

by Beth Ann Fennelly

The Literary Life

January/February 2014

<p>One of the most difficult scenes to write in fiction—and as such, one that gets tackled less and less—is the sex scene. Beth Ann Fennelly, a poet who recently cowrote her first novel with her husband, gets down and dirty to find out why.</p>
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