January/February 2019

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.

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Portraits of Inspiration

by Staff
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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.

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The Practical Writer

How to Get Paid: Freelance Writing

by Michael Bourne
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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

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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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

by Melissa Burkley
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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.

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