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Academy Suffers Cutbacks, Layoffs

by
Mary Gannon
1.1.02

The Academy of American Poets, the 68-year-old literary nonprofit, has made headlines recently, but not for its latest party or prizewinner. In September the organization, best known for founding National Poetry Month, announced that Executive Director William Wadsworth had been asked to resign by board of directors president Henry Reath. And on November 7, the board voted to lay off eight of the Academy's seventeen employees and to subdivide its new office and rent out half of the space, which the group had renovated and moved into in August.

Slope Builds Press on Level Ground

by
Kevin Larimer
1.1.02

A number of literary magazines—APR, Fence, McSweeney's, Open City, Pearl, Pleiades, and Verse—have in recent years pursued book publishing ventures, usually ones that include an annual book contest. Putting an electronic twist on that trend is the bimonthly online literary magazine Slope. This spring, founding editor Ethan Paquin is making the jump from Web journal to print press by launching Slope Editions, which will publish two or three books of poetry annually.

An Interview With Poet James Tate

by
Nick Twemlow
12.14.01

The short story collection Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee, to be published later this month by Verse Press-the nonprofit literary publisher that also publishes the triannual literary poetry journal Verse-represents a significant shift in focus for poet James Tate. The author of numerous books of poetry, including Worshipful Company of Fletchers (Ecco Press), which won a National Book Award in 1997, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning Selected Poems (1991), Tate has tackled a new genre, as well as a new way of thinking about writing.

Small Press Soiree on the Bay: Postcard From Oakland

by
J. Hempel
11.30.01

Approximately two hundred editors, writers, and readers of small literary magazines published in the Bay Area gathered at the Black Box, a trendy Oakland theater art gallery on Sunday, November 18, for the Small Press Soiree. Dulcey Antonucci, the editor of Area i, a literary magazine that takes its name from the parking designation for residents of downtown Berkeley, collaborated with local editors to plan the evening in an effort to introduce the audience to new publications.

The Future of Creativity: Postcard From Chicago

by
S. Kirk Walsh
11.9.01

The term "creative communities" often evokes sequestered environments at far-flung artists' colonies or graduate school MFA programs. This traditional notion was challenged, expanded, redefined, and reinvented during "The Future of Creativity" symposium in Chicago.

 

An Interview With Editor Daniel Menaker

by
Carolyn Hughes
11.9.01

Daniel Menaker's career moves are well known in publishing circles. After twenty six years at The New Yorker-he started as a fact checker and copy editor before serving as senior editor for twenty years-Menaker moved to the position of literary editor at Random House, where he worked for the past six years. Last month, he announced that he was joining HarperCollins Publishers as executive editor of the HarperCollins imprint. Menaker will report directly to Susan Weinberg, senior vice president and editorial director of HarperCollins, Perennial, and Quill.

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So Much Depends Upon a New Bookstore: Postcard From Paris

by
Ethan Gilsdorf
11.2.01

On the evening of October 29, more than seventy-five people crammed into The Red Wheelbarrow, a newly opened Anglophone bookshop, to inaugurate a reading series and celebrate two literary magazines: Upstairs at Duroc, published at the Anglo cultural center WICE, and Pharos, edited collectively by poet Alice Notley's workshop at the British Institute in Paris. The enthusiastic crowd spilled onto the cobblestone street, smoking cigarettes and craning their necks for a view of the proceedings.

The Far, Deep Things of Dreamland: An Interview With Elizabeth Alexander

by
Natasha Trethewey
11.1.01

Elizabeth Alexander's new collection, Antebellum Dream Book, deals with the image of the body, a theme she visits often in her previous works. "If you let a body speak," she says, "it gives you access to all sorts of concrete sensations that are vital, the stuff of poetry, the way a poem convinces." In this interview with Natasha Trethewey, Alexander speaks to her use of race, urban life, history, and of course, the body.

An Interview With Poet Joan Murray

by
Kevin Larimer
10.25.01
In December, Boston-based Beacon Press will publish Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, an anthology of sixty poems "to nourish our national spirit" after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Included in the anthology, which was edited by Joan Murray, are poems by W.H. Auden, Czeslaw Milosz, Bertolt Brecht, Yehuda Amichai, Gwendolyn Brooks, Yusef Komunyakaa, D.H. Lawrence, and Sharon Olds.

An Interview With Poet Robert Creeley

by
Kevin Larimer
8.30.01

With over sixty books published during a career that spans more than half a century, Robert Creeley is one of the most prolific and influential figures in American poetry. This month, New Directions is publishing Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994, which collects three of Creeley's previous books.

An Interview With Poet Brenda Hillman

by
Kevin Larimer
8.30.01

Brenda Hillman's new book of poems, Cascadia, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in October. In it, Hillman returns to the ancient landform that preceded present-day California to excavate a poetics of place. Cascadia is a study of geologic as well as internal space, and the seismic shifts that occur in time through each.

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