Our Inspiration Issue features a special portfolio of portrait-interviews with Sally Wen Mao, Hanif Abdurraqib, Morgan Parker, Esmé Weijun Wang, Ross Gay, Yiyun Li, and Chigozie Obioma, who share their thoughts on creativity and the literary imagination; our fourteenth annual look at the year’s best debut poets; the first installment of a new series, How to Get Paid; the creative power of hypnagogia; cowboy poetry; writing prompts; and more.
Ten poets whose first books were published in 2018, including Justin Phillip Reed, Jenny Xie, and Tiana Clark, share their inspirations, processes, writer’s block remedies, and paths to publication.
Portraits of Inspiration
Sally Wen Mao, Hanif Abdurraqib, Morgan Parker, Esmé Weijun Wang, Ross Gay, Yiyun Li, and Chigozie Obioma share their thoughts about creativity, the transformative power of writing, and the infinite potential of the literary imagination.
News and Trends
A six-day festival in Elko, Nevada, featuring poetry, music, dancing, storytelling, and folk art, celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Hark by Sam Lipsyte and Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin.
Using found objects and handmade pieces of art to publish new works of literature, a small press in Baltimore expands the understanding of what it means to be a book.
The new executive director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses discusses her new role and the importance of independent publishing.
Cofounded by writers Richard Siken and Drew Burk, Spork Press publishes evocative and voice-driven chapbooks and full-length books of poetry and fiction.
An essayist discusses the five journals that first published the essays in her debut collection, Five Plots.
Circumference Books, launched in 2018 by Jennifer Kronovet and Dan Visel, is dedicated to bringing international works of poetry to an English-speaking audience.
The Practical Writer
How to Get Paid: Freelance Writing
The first installment in a yearlong series about making a living as a writer gets to the nitty gritty of freelance writing—and how to make it work for you.
The Literary Life
An author considers the process of converting rooms from the past into creative spaces for the future.
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Write a poem inspired by emptiness, explore your characters’ perceptions of love, or write about your interior self—three prompts to inspire you in the New Year.
The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Harnessing the Power of Hypnagogia
A psychologist and writer explores how writers can tap into the twilight stage between sleep and waking to discover the most creative parts of our minds.