Article Archive: The Literary Life

Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.

Green-Haired Gumshoes or Hidebound Hacks? Creative Nonfiction vs. Journalism

by
Michael McGregor
3.1.09

My confusion came from a curious warning. Awash in a sea of writers and would-be writers in a drab-walled meeting room at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference a few years ago in Vancouver, B.C., I was listening to author Dinty W. Moore extol the virtues of creative nonfiction writing when suddenly he straightened his stout body and leaned across the podium. "Look out," he cautioned, his tone dire, "the journalists are coming!"

The Rising Fortunes of the Chinese Expat Scene

by
Stephen Morison Jr.
4.16.08
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Beijing, despite its cheap food and beer—two dollars worth of Chinese yuan will buy you a nice Chinese meal or a twelve-pack of Tsingtao beer—has yet to become the Paris of the 21st century, but an expat fiction scene is beginning to emerge.

Imperative: The Pressure to Be Exotic

by
Azita Osanloo
9.1.06

Let me be the last—the absolute dead last—to point out that we're in the midst of a memoir craze. My favorite form of procrastination used to be computer solitaire, but now I prefer to chat on the phone with my writing friends and discuss the ongoing boom in autobiographical literature. We speculate like housing developers prognosticating on the real estate market. Will the bubble pop? Will prices continue to rise? Will market trends ever again veer toward literary fiction?

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