“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
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
“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
“Writing is a form of manual labor and should be approached in that spirit.” —Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk
“To sit down and write requires a degree of optimism. You have to trust that there is relief to be found in placing one word after another.” —Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
“I move between language, history, and worldviews—it’s always place between that gives me the most insight into my creative process.” —Sherwin Bitsui, author of Dissolve
“I wish it were easier for writers of color who don’t come from moneyed backgrounds to be heard and celebrated.” —May-Lee Chai, author of Useful Phrases for Immigrants
“What we need to do is make people less certain about their certainties.” —Rosellen Brown, author of The Lake on Fire
Emily Nemens on her new role at the storied magazine, her editing process, and her plans for future issues.
In our third annual installment of this series, five authors over the age of fifty who published their debut books this year—Jeanne McCulloch, A. G. Lombardo, Anne Youngson, Maw Shein Win, and Laura Esther Wolfson—share their paths to publication.
A poet discusses four journals that published poems from her second collection, Instruments of the True Measure.
A roundup of new anthologies, including Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, edited by Glory Edim.
An independent press in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been publishing full-length and chapbook-length poetry collections for fifty years.
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.
A conversation between two best-selling authors turns into an impromptu master class in fiction under a canopy of leaves in southwestern Virginia.
In this continuing series, a book critic discusses Minnesota’s thriving literary community and the importance of reviewing small-press titles.
Siglio Press celebrates ten years of publishing genre-defying books that incorporate literary and visual art.
Helmed by Ann Hood, a new imprint from Akashic Books offers a home for books about grief, loss, and recovery.
An increasing number of classic books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne Frank’s diaries, are being adapted into graphic form.
An agent answers questions on obtaining the copyright of a self-published novel and seeking a U.S. publisher from abroad.
“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.