March/April 2001

Our cover story is an interview with poet Anne Carson, whose latest book The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos adds another facet to the poet's genre-defying oeuvre.


Anne Carson: Beauty Prefers an Edge

by Mary Gannon
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An interview with Anne Carson.

James Alan McPherson: Consistently Himself

by Trent Masiki
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A profile of fiction writer James McPherson.

Norman Mailer: A Literary Lion Roars

by Carolyn T. Hughes
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A profile of Norman Mailer.

Conferences and Residencies

Cave Canem: A Haven for Black Poets

by Shayla Hawkins
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The Cave Canem Foundation's annual retreat.

The Black Writers Retreat: Where Each Voice is Equal

by Ta'shia Asanti
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The Black Writers Retreat in the Catskills of New York.

The Orono Writers Conference: Poetry in Context

by Kristin Prevallet
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The Orono Writers Conference in Maine.

Villa Montalvo: A California Getaway

by Katherine Swiggart
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The Villa Montalvo retreat in Saratoga, California.

Ragdale: Writers House on the Prairie

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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The Ragdale Colony in Illinois.

News and Trends

Las Vegas Offers Asylum to Writers

by Kevin Larimer
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Las Vegas is designated a city of asylum for exiled writers from around the world.

New Book Club, Twin Cities Style

by Jodie Ahern
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The Talking Volume Book Club in the Twin Cities turns the books it picks into local best-sellers.

NPM Celebrates Poet Stamps

by Mary Gannon
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During National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets will petition the U.S. Postal Service to issue stamps of poets.

The Practical Writer

Working Poets: And How They Got That Way

by Therese Eiben
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Poets who also work as editors.

Experience Through Language: How and Editor Chooses a Poem

by Marion K. Stocking
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The editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal describes how she selects poems for the magazine.

The Literary Life

Toys in the Attic: An Ars Poetica Under the Influence

by Chase Twitchell
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Twitchell muses on the essence of poetry, and how it may be related to her depression.

The Nymph Stick Insect: Observations on Poetry, Science & Creation

by Forrest Gander
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Observations on poetry, science, and creation.