The author of RENDANG consults poems by Monica Youn, Meiling Jin, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge to analyze how racial markers function in poetry.
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
Matthew Salesses’s Craft in the Real World, forthcoming from Catapult on January 19, 2021.
“Choose the bilingual, the multilingual, and the polyglot.” —Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, author of The Life Assignment
This week’s installment of Ten Questions features Marie NDiaye and Jordan Stump, the author and the translator of That Time of Year.
The author of RENDANG reflects on the value of uncertainty in his reading and writing lives.
Torrey Peters’s Detransition, Baby, forthcoming from One World on January 12, 2021.
The author of Fifty Words for Rain reflects on learning to forge her own unique path through the world.
“I had to sit with the fear and let it talk to me.” —Joshua Bennett, author of Owed.
The author of RENDANG considers the complex relationships embedded in the act of looking.
Emma Hine’s Stay Safe, forthcoming from Sarabande Books on January 5, 2021.
“The glimmer of an idea appears in my notebook long before I begin writing.” —Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters
The author of RENDANG blurs the boundary between narrative and lyric.
Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs, forthcoming from Atria Books on December 8, 2020.
"Writing is part of my life, and life is part of my writing.” —Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne
The author of RENDANG imagines poetry as a house with many corridors.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s The Freezer Door, forthcoming from Semiotext(e) on December 8, 2020. Editor’s Note: This book’s publication date has been changed to November 24, 2020.
“If you, too, hear the voice of white supremacy ringing in your ear, know that writing is resistance.”
“The list of what you can’t do is endless because I know how quickly #blackboyjoy can become #sayhisname.”
“I fear that this moment will not last long enough.”
“I hope you decide to continue this uproar, as this unprecedented age rolls on.”
“Telling stories of ourselves that offer not comfort but complexity is the way to maintain an honest dialogue.”
“I continue pushing and trudging through blanketing whiteness so heavy it often obstructs my vision.”
“These acts of solidarity are worthless if you are not consistently supporting and standing up for us every single day.”
The critic on combining book reviews and cultural criticism, exposing readers to challenging views, and reading multiple books at once.
The owner of the recently opened Harriett’s Bookshop, which specializes in the work of Black and women authors, talks about the arts as a tool for social change and her vision for the store.