“I am a fitful writer: long periods of not writing followed by intense engagement.” —Dana Levin, author of Now Do You Know Where You Are
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
The author of Country of Origin looks back on the fifteen years she spent working on her debut novel.
The Matwaala collective was launched in 2015 to create visibility for South Asian poets. Today, Matwaala programs such as the Poets of Color festival foster solidarity between different identity groups through literature.
Established in 2018, the Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize awards an African writer an advance and publication by Graywolf. The prize aims to offer African writers a platform without them having to leave the continent.
The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books including The Candy House by Jennifer Egan and Ante body by Marwa Helal.
When the pandemic affected booksellers’ job security, several bookstores transitioned to employee-ownership models to create more equitable workplace environments.
The agent answers questions about mentioning positive feedback in a query letter, how much plot to include in a query, and agents for teen writers.
Two University of Baltimore MFA students founded the small press that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid work, and as well as a podcast and literary magazine.
The author spotlights five journals that published lyric and narrative poems from her debut poetry collection, The Body Family.
Writer and visual artist Ben Shattuck turned his journals from walks through New England’s wild spaces into a book of drawings and text titled Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau.
The new editor in chief of the Rumpus, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, discusses what sets the magazine apart and what she looks forward to in her new role.
The author chose to share her memoir draft with family and friends and face their varied reactions to her recollection of the past—reactions which ultimately made the book richer.
A look at contests that, in addition to cash prizes, award residencies, retreats, and introductions to agents, among other unique opportunities.
For two weeks in June, more than 15,000 writers from around the world commit to writing a thousand words a day as part of the annual 1000 Words of Summer project.
Leigh Newman discusses her short story collection, Nobody Gets Out Alive, and the wild terrains of parenthood, Alaska, and the emotional lives of her characters.
“To be a writer, the best thing someone can do, in my opinion, is read. Read everything.” —Eloisa Amezcua, author of Fighting Is Like a Wife
The author of Country of Origin listens to old-school Arabic music to help her render the mood of Egypt at the dawn of the postcolonial period.
“I hope everyone who writes begins by recognizing their own value and the value of the very act of their having chosen to write.” —Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier), author of Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina
The author of Country of Origin muses on the transporting power of photographs.
The 2021 guest editor of Ōrongohau: Best New Zealand Poems 2021 discusses the editorial process behind the anthology and what it reveals about contemporary New Zealand poetry.
Sally Kim, senior vice president and publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, on amplifying her own voice to amplify the voices of others.
“I have dogs who get me outside on walks every day, but otherwise I generally feel like I should be writing whenever I’m not.” —Maud Newton, author of Ancestor Trouble
The author of Country of Origin reflects on finding her people in Austin, Texas.
“Get out of the way of the writing. Don’t make it precious. Sit down and get to it.” —Roger Reeves, author of Best Barbarian