July/August 1998

Returning to the urban streets that inspired him, Junot Díaz, the twenty-nine-year-old author of Drown, talks about the trials of instant literary stardom.


A Writer's Counsel: Defining Libel in Fiction

by Alan J. Kaufman
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Kaufman explains libel.

A Life Lived: Octavio Paz, 1914-1998

by Alberto Ríos
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Octavio Paz.

Junot Díaz: On Home Ground

by David Stanton
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Junot Diaz.

The Persistence of Poetry: An Appreciation of Andrew Hudgins

by Randall Curb
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A twenty-five-year friendship with a poet yields a profound understanding of the man and his work.

Crossing Boundaries: Kenyon Review Writers Workshop

by Karen Craigo
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Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

Purveyor of Talent: ICM Senior Agent Suzanne Gluck

by Stanley E. Ely
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ICM agent Suzanne Gluck.

Don't Ask Me How to Spell Fuchsia

by Stephen Corey
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A Georgia Review editor urges writers to know what they are doing.

A Celebration of Small Presses

The Call of the Word: Zoland Books

by Elizabeth Lund
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Zoland Books.

A World of Voices: White Pine Press

by Herbert Hadad
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White Pine Press.

They Say a Book Can Change Your Life: Paris Press

by Tzivia Gover
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Paris Press.

Working at a Walking Pace: Golgonooza Press

by Marcia Passos Duffy
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Golgonooza Letter Foundry and Press.

News and Trends

Academy Accused of Racism

by Anne Faircloth
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Fred Viebahn, writer and Rita Dove's husband, accuses the Academy of American poets of racism.

Sharon Olds Becomes New York State Poet

by Theresa Kimm
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Poetry Book Club Launched

by Mary Gannon
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The first poetry book club in the U.S., established by the Academy of Amrican Poets.

Bertelsmann to Buy Random House

by Tracy Marx
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Sale of Random House to German media group Bertelsman AG.

Big Time for Big Novels

by John Frederick Moore
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Long novels have an audience.

Steal this Buk!

by Mickey Z.
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Charles Bukowski's books are most likely to get stolen, perhaps because of the books' contents.