Article Archive

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

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

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 Leslie Marmon Silko's The Turquoise Ledge and Julia Franck's The Blindness of the Heart, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

The Story of Dzanc Books

by
Jeremiah Chamberlin
10.19.10

Contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin profiles indie innovator Dzanc Books, which in four short years has gone from a start-up to a publisher with five imprints, three literary magazines, and a list of over fifty titles.

Literary MagNet

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Upstreet, the Iowa Review, Fogged Clarity, jubilat, Granta, and Cellpoems.

2011 MFA Rankings: The Top Fifty

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Seth Abramson
9.1.10

A combination of hard data from programs that release funding and admissions figures to the public and a vital survey of what the individuals comprising the next generation of U.S. poets and writers have to say about their own priorities in choosing a postgraduate program, here is a ranking of the nation's top fifty MFA programs.

Small Press Points

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features the new independent poetry press Birds, LLC, whose editors say an integral part of their mission is to build close relationships with authors and their work.

3 for Free

In this regular feature, we offer a few suggestions for podcasts, smartphone apps, Web tools, newsletters, museum shows, and gallery openings: a medley of literary curiosities that you might enjoy.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

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 Paul Murray's Skippy Dies and Ai's No Surrender, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

Writers Mine Crowdfunding Sites

by
Alex Dimitrov
9.1.10

Despite the financial challenges of their vocation, writers have long found accessible, inventive ways to get work into the world. Among the benefit readings and bake sales, a new fund-raising option allows writers to tap into the fertile social networking landscape to find individuals who may be willing to donate the cost of a cupcake to give a project a boost.

Poets Act on Oil Spill

by
Shell Fischer
9.1.10

In response to the Deep-water Horizon oil spill, writers Heidi Lynn Staples and Amy King created Poets for Living Waters, an online poetry forum featuring works written in response to the disaster, spurring a host of nationwide events that give poets not only an opportunity to take action against the catastrophe but also to speak out in support of our natural environment.

2011 Poets & Writers Magazine Ranking of MFA Programs: A Guide to the Methodology

by
Seth Abramson
9.1.10

Size, funding, cost of living—there's plenty to consider when choosing a postgraduate creative writing program. In our second annual ranking of the top fifty MFA programs, contributor Seth Abramson measures sixteen distinct program features for the 148 full-residency programs in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, and eight features for each of the 46 low-residency programs around the world.

New Book Club Gets a Jump on Critics

by
Kevin Canfield
8.3.10

The Rumpus Book Club, launched in May by Stephen Elliott, offers a compelling twist on the traditional model of online book clubs. Members pay for two things: advance copies of new books, which they’ll receive a month before the official publication date, and access to the people who’ve written them.

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The What and the How of It

by
John Biguenet
7.1.10

An excerpt from “The What and the How of It” by John Biguenet (in Before During After, edited by Elizabeth Kleinveld, to be published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010).

Writers, Interrupted

by
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
7.1.10

One writer's monthlong journey with her family from her home on the Gulf Coast to three different cities as she searches for a respite from the storm, meeting others along the way whose loss puts hers in perspective.

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