March/April 2000

March/April 2000

Our cover story is a profile of Ana Castillo, whose poetry, fiction, essays, and journalism have received acclaim, and whose first children's book, My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, The Dove, is a collection of poems based on Aztec rites of passage.

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No Silence for This Dreamer: The Stories of Ana Castillo

by Renée H. Shea
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A profile of Ana Castillo.

Conferences and Residencies

Hay on Wye Festival: A Writers Conference in Wales

by Helen M. Jerome
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In a tiny Welsh town of 1,300 people, thirty-four independent bookshops thrive. Could there be a more perfect setting for writers to meet their readers?

The Spirit & the Letter: Word Conversions in a Mexican Monastery

by Jen Karetnick
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Casa Don Miguel, a restored eighteenth-century monastery in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, recently started hosting writers, but the area has a centuries-long history of supporting the arts.

Perfect Words: Celebrating Writers, New Orleans Style

by Greg Garrett
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Part arts festival, part birthday party, the Words and Music Festival as sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society makes for an irresistible combination.

Getting to Work: A Writers Retreat in Vermont

by Ethan Gilsdorf
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In the foothills of the Green Mountain State's highest peaks, a writer embarks on a monthlong journey into his own creative mind.

News and Trends

Academy Honors Mac Low, Brooks

by Kevin Larimer
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The Academy of American Poets awards its largest prizes to an experimental poet and a sociopolitically-minded writer.

Poetry Programs for Youths Flourish

by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
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Writing programs like Youth Speaks in New York City help young people establish their voices.

Hungry Mind Changes Its Name

by Jodie Ahern
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Midwestern indie bookstore Hungry Mind becomes Ruminator Books after selling its name to an online university.

The Practical Writer

Gambling on Authors: West Coast Agent Sandy Dijkstra

by Barbara Demarco Barrett
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California agent Sandra Dijkstra is interested in books that tell a story, change a culture, and have a lasting effect.

Out of the Slush Pile, Into the Canyon: What Does It Mean to Be Published?

by Barbara Bazyn
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Voluntary self-restraint on the part of poets could lead to healthier relations between poets and editors.

Amy Holman's Tough-Love Guide to Publishing: Making Conferences Work for You

by Amy Holman
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Poet Amy Holman discusses creating a community of writers and building an audience of readers at conferences.

The Literary Life

Experiments in Solitude: Alaskan Poets Chadwick and Enzweiler

by Marjorie Kowalski Cole
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On Alaskan poets Jerah Chadwick and Joseph Enzweiler.

The Art of Reading Robert Frost: A Biographer's Confession

by Jay Parini
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Inside the writing of Robert Frost's life.

Metromania: Ellipticism's Scramble for the New Coast

by Michael Scharf
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Emerging writers defy critical monikers.