The first lines of a dozen new and noteworthy books, including Natasha Trethewey’s Monument: Poems New and Selected and Alice Walker’s Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart.
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
A roundup of new anthologies, including Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, edited by Glory Edim.
A conversation between two best-selling authors turns into an impromptu master class in fiction under a canopy of leaves in southwestern Virginia.
Helmed by Ann Hood, a new imprint from Akashic Books offers a home for books about grief, loss, and recovery.
An independent press in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been publishing full-length and chapbook-length poetry collections for fifty years.
A poet discusses four journals that published poems from her second collection, Instruments of the True Measure.
Siglio Press celebrates ten years of publishing genre-defying books that incorporate literary and visual art.
“I love getting into the nitty-gritty of a novel, right down to the sentence and the word level.” —Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange
“When you’re writing, get out of the way and let the story reveal itself to you. —Simon Van Booy, author of The Sadness of Beautiful Things
“I have three states of being: feeling doubt, manifesting a vague desire to say something that seems important, and writing toward ground zero of that desire.” —Christopher Kennedy, author of Clues From the Animal Kingdom
“I find that poems in my head become louder when everything is quiet.” —Emily Jungmin Yoon, author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species
A new low-residency MFA program makes diversity its mission.
“I can multitask the hell out of a holiday meal preparation, but when I’m working on a novel it’s all or nothing.” —Melanie Hobson, author of Summer Cannibals
“To doubt yourself means you’re on to the right thing. I find that reassuring.” —Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
“I’m for an industry-wide ban on the blurb.” —Patrick DeWitt, author of French Exit
“It is a terrifying process to release your literary babies into the world, where anybody can say anything they want about them.” —J. M. Holmes, author of How Are You Going to Save Yourself
A novelist takes the election of a new president and her subsequent move to Canada as an opportunity to fully immerse herself in a great work of literature.
In this continuing series, a book reviewer discusses the art of literary criticism—from the value of negative reviews to critics he admires.
Why do you want an MFA? Important questions to ask yourself before you apply.
Using elements of craft to tell powerful stories about sexual assault and trauma, with examples from work by Roxane Gay, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Megan Stielstra, and others.
A small press run by high school students in Pennsylvania publishes handmade books of poetry and prose.
For an editor like Caroline Bleeke of Flatiron Books, there is a lot more to the job than simply reading and editing manuscripts.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart and Perennial by Kelly Forsythe.
An agent answers questions on referrals, pitching a self-published book, and what to do if you’re dropped by an agency.
A guide to 158 full-residency and 64 low-residency programs in creative writing, plus questions to consider before you apply.