Article Archive

Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.

On the Road, Again

Joe Woodward

Festival organizers, scholars, publishers, and readers celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s scroll-inscribed classic with special events and new books about the famous novel.

Literary MagNet

Kevin Larimer

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Cave Wall, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Alehouse, Avery, Cadillac Cicatrix, and Rattle.

An Interview With Poet Cathy Park Hong

Joshua Kryah

Cathy Park Hong is a poet interested in the porous boundaries between languages and cultures. In her newest collection, Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007), winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Hong creates a poem sequence that takes place in a future city called the Desert. It is in this tourist town, modeled on the likes of Las Vegas and Dubai, that Hong introduces the Guide, an amalgam of new and extinct English dialects, Korean, Latin, Spanish, and other miscellaneous pidgins. Acting as the reader's escort, Hong uses the Guide to address the issues of identity, both personally and geographically, in an increasingly globalized world.