“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
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
“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.
In this continuing series, a book reviewer discusses the art of literary criticism—from the value of negative reviews to critics he admires.
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.
A roundup of new anthologies, including American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, edited by Tracy K. Smith.
Colorful illustrations accompany notes, quotes, and literary trivia about books to read and bookstores to visit.
Why do you want an MFA? Important questions to ask yourself before you apply.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart and Perennial by Kelly Forsythe.
Jennifer Baker on her new anthology, Everyday People: The Color of Life, published by Atria in August.
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.
A fiction writer discusses five journals that published stories from his debut collection, Friday Black.
Sue Landers takes over as executive director of the nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ writers.
The Millay Society attempts to save Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s former home in in Austerlitz, New York.
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.
With recent grant funding of $1.4 million, the National Book Foundation aims to reach more readers.
“In a system that doesn’t value writing, but only the marketing possibility of the writer and the written object, to write is the ‘success’ itself.” —Jos Charles, author of feeld
“I don’t think beyond the book I’m writing, and I’m always writing one.” —Catherine Lacey, author of Certain American States
“I write every day and walk every day.” —Amitava Kumar, author of the novel Immigrant, Montana