Our tenth annual roundup of the summer's best debut fiction, an insider's guide to what literary agents do for you, an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. K. Williams, and Steve Almond's story of self-publishing success.
Pulse, Clock, Calendar: A Profile of C. K. Williams
C. K. Williams offers some straight talk on what's changed and what's stayed the same—about him and his work—since his poetry debut forty-one years ago.
First Fiction 2010
For our tenth annual debut-fiction roundup, we found an especially innovative group of new authors—James Kaelan, Belle Boggs, Aaron Michael Morales, Michelle Hoover, and Jacob Paul—whose books are published by equally forward-thinking independent...
An editor reveals how the best agents—Molly Friedrich, Jud Laghi, Chris Parris-Lamb, Scott Moyers, and Jennifer Joel among them—work behind the scenes to help their clients’ books get the attention they deserve.
Anatomy of an Author Agreement
An agent deciphers the most important clauses in a publishing contract.
Seek and You Shall Sign
How agents find potential clients, and what writers can do to seal the deal.
News and Trends
The Federal Writers' Project was established seventy-five years ago, and according to one author and documentary filmmaker, it was a watershed event, if not a turning point, in the history of American literature. Employing up to 7,500 people annually during its four-year run, the Writers’ Project nurtured a generation of authors who otherwise might have been forced into nonliterary careers.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative recently announced that this year’s mentor in literature, German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger, has chosen as his protégée American poet Tracy K. Smith. This is the fifth year a mentorship has been awarded to a writer, and the first time the winning writer has hailed from the United States.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and Joshua Mohr's Termite Parade, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several local and national arts organizations, including the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Poetry Society of America, are presenting readings in New Orleans to commemorate all that was lost—the lives, homes, businesses, and communities—and to celebrate a flourishing of the literary arts in the area since the storm.
In this regular feature, we offer a few suggestions for podcasts, smartphone apps, Web tools, newsletters, museum shows, and gallery openings: a medley of literary curiosities that you might enjoy.
Apple’s entry into the e-book market has given publishers the leverage they needed to force a marketwide shift from a wholesale to an “agency” model of e-book retailing, but the long-term impact of the move—for both publishers and authors—remains unclear.
Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Blue Hour Press, an independent poetry publisher in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that is “dedicated to bridging the gap between the beauty and tradition of print and the accessibility and possibility of the Web, releasing digital chapbooks that are satisfying, respectable, and innovative.”
Race car driver Alex Grabau has customized his car with a decal of a poem by Jim Daniels. From July 9 to 11, Grabau will compete in Giants Despair, an uphill race in Laurel Run, Pennsylvania. He will race again at the Duryea Hillclimb in Reading, Pennsylvania, from August 20 to 22.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Isotope, Gigantic, Bombay Gin, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner.
On the thirtieth anniversary of the launch of the National Poetry Series, Halpern speaks about both its history and its future.
The Practical Writer
In the fourth installment of our series Inside Indie Bookstores,
contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin travels to Milwaukee to talk with Daniel Goldin, owner of Boswell Book Company.
Bullseye: How to Submit to Glimmer Train Stories
A guide to submitting to Glimmer Train Stories, one of the go-to magazines for literary agents scouting new talent.
Self-Publishing Steve: Part 2—Making the Dream a Reality
Author Steve Almond explores DIY ways to promote, market, and extend the "shelf life" of a self-published book.
The Literary Life
Why We Write: To Get the Words Out
A writer examines how his stuttering, though a hardship in childhood, helped shape his writing.