January/February 2000


Breaking Karma: A Conversation With Sapphire

by Fran Gordon
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A profile of fiction writer and poet Sapphire.


Miami Literati: How Magic City Became Book Town

by Jen Karetnick
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The literary scene flourishes in Miami.

Poets in Exile

by Jen Karetnick
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A look at Cuban writers who have sought haven in Miami.

Write in Our Midst: The Miami Book Fair International

by Barbara Demarco Barrett
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The Miami Book Fair International brings the street fair to the book fair.

Is Workshop in Your Phrase Book? The First Ever Cuba-U.S. Writers Conference

by Dana Goodyear
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Writers of the Americas, an organization that seeks to sponsor bilingual writers conferences, holds its first event in Cuba.

Bahama Drama: Not So Easy in the Islands

by Lynne Meredith Cohn
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The literary scene in the Bahamas.

News and Trends

An Oprah Author One Year Later

by Greg Garrett
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An update on fiction writer Bret Lott.

Norton Exits NPS

by Kevin Larimer
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Norton ends its tenure as a publisher of National Poetry Series titles.

Freelancers Score Copyright Victory

by Tom McInerney
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A new ruling on electronic rights protection from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

NYRB Launches Classics Series

by Christina Davis
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A new series from New York Review of Books gives new life to out-of-print and overlooked titles.

The Practical Writer

The First Five Pages: An Agent's Guide to Getting Read

by Noah Lukeman
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Agent Noah Lukeman dispenses advice on how to make your manuscript stand out in the slush pile.

Supply and (Print On) Demand: Is Democracy Ever a Bad Idea?

by Jaclyn Paré
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Online print-on-demand outlets allow authors to publish and seek an audience for their work on their own terms.

The Literary Life

Getting Clear: Dan Wakefield's Creative Path

by Pamela Gordon
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On journalist-turned-novelist Dan Wakefield.

Metromania: The Vendler/Perloff–Standoff Handoff

by Michael Scharf
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On the disagreements of poetry critics Helen Vendler and Marjorie Perloff.