Twenty-two writers, including Alexander Chee and Rebecca Makkai, offer their personal take on the best retreats for productivity, motivation, networking, and more.
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
Twenty years after its founding, online anthology Poetry Daily expands its editorial vision through a new partnership with George Mason University.
“I’m always trying to do something new, which is usually something I’m afraid of.” —Shane McCrae, author of The Gilded Auction Block
“I do not allow rules and regulations to dictate my writing—it’s one thing I can control.” —Paige Ackerson-Kiely, author of the poetry collection Dolefully, a Rampart Stands
The author of six books, including most recently the novel Bowlaway, out this month from Ecco, talks family, myth, feminism, humor, and the stories we inherit.
“I usually wait until I need to write, which makes for a really thrilling, cathartic experience of creation.” —Hala Alyan, author of The Twenty-Ninth Year
Hosted by Tracy K. Smith, the daily poetry podcast The Slowdown will be syndicated on several public radio stations across the country.
“I think a lot of contemporary editors, myself included, push too much for clarity when sometimes a little muddiness is just the thing.” —Juliet Lapidos, author of Talent
“You must find pleasure in the work itself—doing the work. Otherwise, what’s the point?” —Sarah McColl, author of Joy Enough.
“Butt in chair, do the work. It’s the most basic and important writing advice there is.” —Laura Sims, author of Looker
“I come up with a form and then find a way to ‘translate’ my thoughts into the form. It wasn’t always like that, but that’s the way it is now. I used to think in lines.” —Elisa Gabbert, author of The Word Pretty
An essayist discusses the five journals that first published the essays in her debut collection, Five Plots.
Cofounded by writers Richard Siken and Drew Burk, Spork Press publishes evocative and voice-driven chapbooks and full-length books of poetry and fiction.
The new executive director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses discusses her new role and the importance of independent publishing.
Using found objects and handmade pieces of art to publish new works of literature, a small press in Baltimore expands the understanding of what it means to be a book.
Ten poets whose first books were published in 2018, including Justin Phillip Reed and Tiana Clark, share their inspirations, processes, writer’s block remedies, and paths to publication.
A six-day festival in Elko, Nevada, featuring poetry, music, dancing, storytelling, and folk art, celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Hark by Sam Lipsyte and Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin.
Circumference Books, launched in 2018 by Jennifer Kronovet and Dan Visel, is dedicated to bringing international works of poetry to an English-speaking audience.
An author considers the process of converting rooms from the past into creative spaces for the future.
“There is something about your own subconscious that is far more perceptive than whatever your conscious mind can conjure up.” —Guy Gunaratne, author of In Our Mad and Furious City
“No writing is good enough until you, as an author, make a small contribution, the size of a drop, into the ocean of the world’s literature.” —Nuruddin Farah, author of North of Dawn
“I pay attention to what requires courage to say, and I do my best to try to say it.” —Andrea Gibson, author of Lord of the Butterflies
“I have learned that it isn’t wise to wait for inspiration; inspiration will meet me at my desk.” —Oyinkan Braithwaite
“The best poems I’ve written (or at least my favorite poems) have been the ones that have been the most honest.” —Claire Wahmanholm, author of Wilder