March/April 2007

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Celebrated poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti discusses the politics of Pound, the value of workshops, and who really makes up mainstream culture.

Features

Poetry's Eternal Graffiti: A Conversation With Lawrence Ferlinghetti

by Julia Older
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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

by Arlene McKanic
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The rich history of Yaddo, the artists community in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Macondo Workshop: Latino Writers Come Home to San Antonio

by Vicente Lozano
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The Macondo Workshop offers community to Latino Writers.

The Power of Selection: Writers Apply Themselves at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Sewanee

by Robert Steven Williams
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A writer attends three of the most well-known writers conferences.

Soul Mountain Retreat: A Poetic Utopia in Rural Connecticut

by Thomas Sayers Ellis
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Poet Marilyn Nelson brings writers to the rural landscape of Soul Mountain Retreat.

News and Trends

Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

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

by Anna Mantzaris

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.

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A Tangible Whitman

by Jen A. Miller

A childhood bike trip leads Whitman impersonator Darrel Blaine Ford to a lifelong dedication to the legendary poet.

Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

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.

The Practical Writer

Writing Every Day: The First-Time Novelist's New Year Plan

by Walter Mosley
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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

by Rigoberto González
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Alex Espinoza brings Southern California to life in his debut novel, Still Water Saints.

Workshop: The Case Against Electronic Theses

by Beth Kaufka and Jennifer Bryan
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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

by Caitlin O'Neil
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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

by Adam Hill
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A writer focuses his attention on the often-neglected work of fiction writer Joy Williams.

The Peace Corps: A Literary Line of Volunteers

by Tony D'Souza
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A former member of the Peace Corps looks at the many writers who have worked with the organization.

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