The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit and Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith.
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
For one hundred years, PEN International has championed freedom of expression and the rights of writers. This fall, the organization considers its history with an online archive, a Centenary Congress, and a new book documenting their work.
Founded in 2017, the African Poetry Digital Portal serves as singular resource for studying contemporary African poetry. Now, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project’s leaders aim to expand their offerings.
The agent who represents writers TJ Alexander and K. Tempest Bradford, among others, answers questions about being ghosted by agents and how to query for nonfiction books.
MacArthur Fellow Hanif Abdurraqib talks about his new position at the independent press, the relationship between writer and editor, and the abundant talents of the Black literary community.
“Trust yourself and your own vision for your work.” —Blake Sanz, author of The Boundaries of Their Dwelling
Jami Attenberg’s I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, forthcoming from Ecco on January 11, 2022.
“I wanted to articulate and be honest to the emotion of grief.” —Eugene Lim, author of Search History
The author of The Devoted writes about the little things writers can do when a project feels impossible.
JJ Bola’s The Selfless Act of Breathing, forthcoming from Atria Books on February 8, 2022.
“I write poetry when I’m in transit or transition.” —Angela Hume, author of Interventions for Women
The author of The Devoted considers the strengths of the long short story.
Daphne Palasi Andreades’s Brown Girls, forthcoming from Random House on January 4, 2022.
“It was a fever dream process of creation.” —Casey Plett, author of A Dream of a Woman
The author of The Devoted recommends looking around the edges of a story to locate the unexpected places and times where drama can unfold.
Thrity Umrigar’s Honor, forthcoming from Algonquin Books on January 11, 2022.
“There was so much shame in this project for me to dispel and bury.” —Mahogany L. Browne, author of I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love
The author of The Devoted searches for the unexpected door in her fiction.
Siri Hustvedt’s Mothers, Fathers, and Others, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on December 7.
“The moment you walk away from the conversation with a poem, you lose it, and it will never return.” —CAConrad, author of AMANDA PARADISE
Juhea Kim’s Beasts of a Little Land, forthcoming from Ecco on December 7, 2021.
“In the mornings—or when I roll over from a dream—there’s only God and me talking to each other.” —Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois
Christopher Gonzalez’s I’m Not Hungry but I Could Eat, forthcoming from Santa Fe Writers Project on December 1, 2021.
“I find it really hard to follow a routine in almost every part of my life.” —Kat Chow, author of Seeing Ghosts
John Edgar Wideman’s Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone, forthcoming from Scribner on November 9, 2021.