A video series explores ideas of America and identity by featuring people from across the state of Alabama reading stanzas from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”
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Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the San Francisco–based feminist press Aunt Lute Books.
Editor Yuka Igarashi highlights five journals that first published debut stories included in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017, forthcoming in August from Catapult.
In a growing trend, video games simulate the experience of being inside classic works of literature, from Thoreau’s Walden to Joyce’s Ulysses.
[Y]volve Publishing, a new press based in Chicago, has launched a chapbook series featuring poetry both written and edited by local teens.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Tallahassee, Florida–based Twisted Road Publications, which champions authors overlooked by mainstream publishing and “books that depict the shadowy places where the disenfranchised dwell.”
The new executive director of the Cave Canem Foundation talks about her history with the organization, her vision for the future, and the role of poetry in a hostile political climate.
Since its inception in 1987, the Writers Studio has grown from a small workshop in the West Village of New York City to an indispensable literary institution offering online courses, programming for children, and readings, craft classes, and workshops in five cities in the United States and abroad.
Writer and artist Kristen Radtke’s debut graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, combines vivid illustrations with an unflinching investigation of loss, memory, and the construction and dissolution of the self.
Radish, an innovative serial-reading app, publishes works of fiction one chapter at a time. Users can read original stories and pay to unlock more plot, putting money in the pockets of the writers who contribute.
After the election, writers and editors around the country responded by launching new publications as outlets for both literary excellence and impassioned social critique.
Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Mary Gaitskill’s Somebody With a Little Hammer and Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.
Alex Dimitrov takes us through five journals that first published poems appearing in his new book, Together and by Ourselves.
This issue’s MagNet features fiction writer Deb Olin Unferth, who takes us through five journals that first published stories appearing in her new collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance.
Less than a year after the celebrated author’s death, the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina, has opened its doors.
Twenty poetry organizations from across the United States have joined forces to enhance the visibility of poetry and its growing popularity and cultural impact, beginning with a monthlong, nationwide suite of programs investigating the relationship between poetry and migration called “Because We Come From Everything.”
In his Instagram-based photography series, artist B. A. Van Sise creates powerful portraits of American poets who are influenced by Walt Whitman, of whom Van Sise happens to be one of the closest living descendants.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Little Rock, Arkansas–based Sibling Rivalry Press, which has sought to provide “a stage and a microphone for anyone who is ‘other’” through the publication of poetry collections, chapbooks, and journals for LGBTQIA writers since its inception in 2010.
Launched in February, the New York–based organization Singapore Unbound supports Singaporean writing and cross-cultural literary exchange through a reading series, an annual literary festival, and a book review blog committed to promoting independent publishers and writers of Singaporean heritage from around the world.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Afaa Michael Weaver’s Spirit Boxing, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, and Patricia Smith’s Incendiary Art, for a glimpse into the worlds of these new and noteworthy titles.
The national ambassador for young people’s literature encourages children and young adults to read books from unfamiliar genres and cultures through his new Reading Without Walls program.
“The M Word: Muslim Americans Take the Mic,” a new series of readings and events from PEN America, aims to give voice to Muslim American writers and advance the conversation about the challenges that Muslims face today.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Los Angeles–based Phoneme Media, which publishes poetry in translation, with a focus on books from lesser-known countries and those written in uncommon languages like Isthmus Zapotec and Uyghur.
Novelist Catherine Lacey’s latest book, The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence, maps romantic entanglements, collaborations, and friendships between famous writers and artists, and features original artwork by Forsyth Harmon.
The Louisville Story Program, a nonprofit dedicated to publishing unheard voices in Louisville, Kentucky, focuses on book projects in which community members tell their stories. Their latest project, We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications From the Kentucky School for the Blind, features essays from seven visually impaired teenagers.