Celebrated poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti discusses the politics of Pound, the value of workshops, and who really makes up mainstream culture.
All the Things He Did Not Know: A Profile of Tom Bissell
In ten years, Tom Bissell went from being a directionless dropout to the acclaimed author of four books.
The Nothing That Is: A Profile of Matthew Sharpe
In his new novel, Jamestown, small press superstar Matthew Sharpe turns to history—sort of.
Poetry’s Eternal Graffiti: An Interview With Lawrence Ferlinghetti
An interview with poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti about the Beat generation, City Lights Bookstore, and Ezra Pound.
Conferences and Residencies
Yaddo: Tales From the Big House
The rich history of Yaddo, the artists community in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Macondo Workshop: Latino Writers Come Home to San Antonio
The Macondo Workshop offers community to Latino Writers.
The Power of Selection: Writers Apply Themselves at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Sewanee
A writer attends three of the most well-known writers conferences.
Soul Mountain Retreat: A Poetic Utopia in Rural Connecticut
Poet Marilyn Nelson brings writers to the rural landscape of Soul Mountain Retreat.
News and Trends
The Contester: Jeffrey Levine's Dorset Prize Dustup
Controversy surrounds Tupelo Press and its 2006 Dorset Prize after allegations of unfairness emerge from contest participants.
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 Document, Doubletake: Points of Entry, Interim, and Poetry Salzburg Review.
Coming Attractions: Video Publicity
Taking their cue from the film industry, in which a well-produced trailer is infinitely more valuable than a print advertisement or press release, commercial publishers such as HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin are taking advantage of new technology to offer promotional videos on their Web sites to augment their traditional publicity campaigns.
A Tangible Whitman
A childhood bike trip leads Whitman impersonator Darrel Blaine Ford to a lifelong dedication to the legendary poet.
Small Press Points
Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Steerforth Press, Zoland Books, Zoland Poetry, MacAdam/Cage, and Counterpath Press.
Q&A: Ed Ochester's Pitt Poetry Series
Ed Ochester, editor of the Pitt Poetry Series for nearly three decades, talks about the changes in poetry and publishing he's seen over the years.
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
This Page One features excerpts from Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson and The Unbinding by Walter Kirn.
The Practical Writer
Writing Every Day: The First-Time Novelist's New Year Plan
Walter Mosley gives advice on writing in an excerpt from his newest book, This Year You Write Your Novel.
First: Alex Espinoza's Still Water Saints
Alex Espinoza brings Southern California to life in his debut novel, Still Water Saints.
Workshop: The Case Against Electronic Theses
Two writers from the Bowling Green State University MFA program argue against a policy that requires the electronic posting of the MFA thesis.
The Literary Life
The Writer's Triangle: Balancing Writing With Living
Writers try make a living, be commited to their literary lives, and stay connected to the world around them.
The Art of Reading Joy Williams: The Challenge of Difficult People
A writer focuses his attention on the often-neglected work of fiction writer Joy Williams.
The Peace Corps: A Literary Line of Volunteers
A former member of the Peace Corps looks at the many writers who have worked with the organization.