March/April 1994

Barry Lopez's sense of social responsibility sends him around the globe, but he always returns to his Oregon home with a story.

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Features

A Spring Debut for Steerforth Press

by Tracy Marx
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This spring Steerforth Press, a new general interest trade publisher based in Vermont will publish its debut list of six books.

The Fee-Charging Agent: Does Any Writer Need One?

by Adam Begley
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This chapter from a new Poets & Writers book cautions against paying readers fees to literary agents.

Letter from the Avant-Pop Front

by John Foley
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At Robert Coover's marathon of vanguard narrative called Unspeakable Practices II the hot topics were a small press and a personal computer.

An Interview with Rita Dove

by Stephanie Izarek Smith
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Spirited storyteller Rita Dove talks about her upbringing and the work that led to her appointment as Poet Laureate.

Pseudonyms

by G.F. Michelsen
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A novelist explains why he uses a pen name for his literary books and his real name for thrillers.

An Interview with William Kennedy

by Don Williams
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Although the Pulitzer–Prize winning author William Kennedy has often strayed from his home in Albany, New York, he has always known that his success as a novelist depends on being there.

Poetry in the Ether: Grace Cavalieri and "The Poet and the Poem"

by Robert Kendall
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A Washington, D.C., poet who says, "Literature is a very high form of gossip," brings verse to the masses on her radio talkshow. Includes an interview with poet Lucille Clifton.

Leading into the Light: An Interview with Barry Lopez

by Alice Evans
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Barry Lopez's sense of social responsibility sends him around the globe, but he always returns to his Oregon home with a story.

One Writer's View: Against Multiple Submissions

by Stephen Stark
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A novelist finds serious problems with sending work to several editors at once.

News and Trends

A Breakthrough in Royalty Reporting By Penguin

by Marcia Biederman
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In a move that could launch a new era in author-publisher relations, Penguin USA announced a new royalty-reporting system that incorporates many of the changes authors and literary agents have fought for.

New Short Story Course By Mail

by Tracy Marx
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The University of California Extension's Center for Media and Independent Learning now offers writing course by mail entitled "Writing and Revising the Short Story."

Godine Launches Translation Series

by Tracy Marx
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David R. Godine has launched a new translation series entitled Verba Mundi—Lating for "words of the world"—which plans to publish some titles in hardcover, a practice that should result in more significant review coverage and ultimately extend books...

New Poetry Book Directory by Poets House

by Tracy Marx
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Poets, editors, librarians, teachers, bookstore buyers, and poetry lovers now have available the Directory of American Poetry Books, the first annual, comprehensive guide to all books of poetry published in the United States.

Derek Walcott's Rat Island Foundation for the Arts

by Zoë Anglesey
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Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, has donated $1.2 million in prize money toward developing tan international arts center on St. Lucia in the Caribbean, his birthplace.

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