The author of This Is One Way to Dance considers the consonances and dissonances between dance and writing.
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Jamie Marina Lau’s Pink Mountain on Locust Island, forthcoming from Coffee House Press on September 8, 2020.
A growing list of conferences, festivals, and writing contests that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m mistrustful of writing advice in general.” —Kate Zambreno, author of Drifts
A growing list of grants and emergency funds for writers as well as resources for booksellers, tools for working from home, and more.
The author of This Is One Way to Dance shares how notes—footnotes, codas, prologues, corrections—figure into her writing process.
Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, forthcoming from Knopf on September 8, 2020.
The author of And Then We Grew Up considers solitude, loneliness, and the act of writing in a city hit hard by COVID-19.
“It is a vulnerable thing to expose one’s least-glamorous moments to the scrutiny of the page.” —Cooper Lee Bombardier, author of Pass With Care
Jessica Gross’s Hysteria, forthcoming from Unnamed Press on August 18, 2020.
The author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia discusses definitions of poetry, ancestral silence, and unpacking American history’s “white blood.”
Reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace as part of a virtual book club hosted by Yiyun Li and A Public Space has become a comforting ritual during the pandemic.
The author of The Nix struggles with the pressure to be productive during the pandemic and finds relief in celebrating the small victories.
“Write what you do not know, which I think is particularly helpful because—not to sound too much like Socrates—I’m not really convinced that anyone knows anything.” —John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments
Carter Sickels shares strategies and questions that help him get to know his characters.
Nate Marshall’s Finna, forthcoming from One World on August 11, 2020.
Lambda Literary, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ literature and writers, has launched a fund-raiser to help it stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carter Sickels celebrates the magic of minor characters.
“There was nothing hard about writing it, it was more like finally giving in to some terrible force.” —Rufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen
If, as part of your graduate experience, you’re interested in contributing your time or writing to a school-sponsored journal, check out this listing of institutions whose MFA programs produce literary magazines.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions on August 11, 2020.
A writer considers the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic is changing us, including the words we use.
“I need three things to write: snacks, drinks, and silence.” —Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face
Carter Sickels explores a variety of archives to help him capture the specific spirit and look of the eighties.
Raven Leilani’s Luster, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on August 4, 2020.