T. Coraghessan Boyle, whose 1987 novel, World's End, won the PEN/Faulkner Award, is that happy anomaly: the respectable iconoclast.
Richness and Drought at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
A poet finds solitude, wildlife, and inspiration at an artists colony in the California hills.
The Poetry of Self-Discovery and Its Limits
A poet laments the predominance of confessional poetry.
Name that Tune—It's Cheaper than Using the Lyrics
Writers need to think twice before using song lyrics and other copyrighted material in their works.
An Interview With T. Coraghessan Boyle
When, at the outset of his career, people told T. Coraghessan Boyle that he couldn't make a living as a writer, he said, "Maybe one person can, and I don't care about the rest—it'll be me."
The Challenge of Poetry
Today our experience of the esthetic is changing, in ways that challenge poetry.
Poems Into Songs May Grow
Wanted: poems, as song lyrics for high school choruses.
Council Oak Books
Two members of a writers' circle in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have started a small press to publish beautifully crafted books.
How to Discourage a Freelance Writer (If Possible)
Is a subscribe-or-else virus creeping across the land?
News and Trends
Congress Passes Arts Fund Restrictions
Senator Jesse Helms sought to pass legislation to limit the authority of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NEA Withdraws Grant to AIDS Show
Under new legislation that limits National Endowment for the Arts funding, a ten-thousand-dollar grant for an exhibition about AIDS is recalled.
Condos to Desecrate Walden Pond
The town of Concord has approved the partial destruction of Thoreau's Walden Woods to make room for a housing development.
Software Teaches Novel Writing
WritePro, developed by novelist and editor Sol Stein, teaches users how to write novel-length fiction.
Big Money for First Literary Novels
Large advances for first literary novels are the start of a new trend.