“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
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
“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.
The Millay Society attempts to save Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s former home in in Austerlitz, New York.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart and Perennial by Kelly Forsythe.
Sue Landers takes over as executive director of the nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ writers.
A fiction writer discusses five journals that published stories from his debut collection, Friday Black.
Colorful illustrations accompany notes, quotes, and literary trivia about books to read and bookstores to visit.
A roundup of new anthologies, including American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, edited by Tracy K. Smith.
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.
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.
In her fifth collection, The Carrying, Ada Limón digs deep down to the roots of what she sees happening in the world today—and she is deeply troubled by what she finds.
A fiction writer breaks up with her novel and learns that sometimes it’s more important to follow your intuition than take advice.
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.
With recent grant funding of $1.4 million, the National Book Foundation aims to reach more readers.
In this continuing series, a book reviewer discusses the art of literary criticism—from the value of negative reviews to critics he admires.
Jennifer Baker on her new anthology, Everyday People: The Color of Life, published by Atria in August.
Why do you want an MFA? Important questions to ask yourself before you apply.