Our Writers Retreats Issue features a special section on inspiring conferences, residencies, and book festivals; a literary report from the front lines in Egypt; an interview with six new parents on how they balance writing and family; plus a profile of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, tips on how to crowdfund your next book project, taking advantage of Pinterest, and much more.
Books and Babies
Six writers discuss the beautiful blessings, overwhelming challenges, and the irrevocable changes that parenthood has brought to the second most important jobs of their lives.
The Difference Between Nothing and Nothingness: A Profile of Rae Armantrout
The poetry of Rae Armantrout, whose tenth collection, Just Saying, is out in March 2013 from Wesleyan University Press, shines even more brightly in the shadows.
The Spring 2013 Guide to Inspired Writers Retreats
Locals, Washashores, and Tourists: The Nantucket Book Festival
Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin traveled to Nantucket to talk with the people responsible for starting an exciting new book festival that is growing on the beautiful island known primarily as a summer playground.
Checking In: Literary Hotels
Take a literary tour of four grand hotels in Asheville, North Carolina; New Orleans; Estes Park, Colorado; and Coronado, California, where famous authors such as Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and William Faulkner relaxed and drew...
O Canada: The Vancouver Writers Fest
Designed to encourage direct engagement between writers and readers, the twenty-six-year-old Vancouver Writers Fest showcases the work of a diverse range of Canadian as well as international authors.
The View From the Bluff: The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference
Offering two one-week sessions in July, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been the heart of the Pacific Northwest literary scene since 1974, focusing on community, craft, and spontaneity.
Rivers of Readers in Serbia: The International Belgrade Book Fair
The International Belgrade Book Fair is the largest cultural event in Southwest Europe and is central to Serbia’s post-war cultural growth.
Summer Work: A Writers Retreat Alternative
Contributor Keith Taylor describes his annual writers retreat to northern Michigan each summer where he finds inspiration for his poems working among environmental scientists.
The Aha! Moment: Amber Dermont at Bread Loaf
Amber Dermont shares how feedback from her Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference workshop played out in the revision of her short story “Damage Control.”
News and Trends
Poetry for Patients and Their Families
The New Jersey-based publisher CavanKerry Press is helping patients and families awaiting medical attention with The Waiting Room Reader, an anthology of poetry and prose distributed for free to hospitals in select states across the country.
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 N+1, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Witness.
Parents & Writers
This spring the San Francisco-based nonprofit Sustainable Arts Foundation launches its residency grant program, which offers support to writers and artists residencies that accomodate writers and artists with children.
The Written Image: The Word Dress
British bridal-gown designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman created a dress made entirely out of book pages, which premiered at a literary festival in Lancaster, England, this past October.
Digital Digest: Indie Retailers and the Amazon Effect
Some of the nation's largest book sellers are seeing unprecedented global expansion by using digital platforms to their advantage.
Small Press Points
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Prairie Lights Books, a new publishing collaborative between the Iowa City-based Prairie Lights bookstore and the University of Iowa Press.
Q&A: Levin Expands Idea of Writing Space
Melissa Levin of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council discusses how the nonprofit organization, which was displaced both by the September 11 attacks and more recently Hurricane Sandy, continues to provide office and studio space to writers and artists in lower Manhattan.
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Denise Duhamel’s Blowout and Phillip Lopate’s Portrait Inside My Head, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
The Practical Writer
Network: How to Use Pinterest to Connect With Readers
Charlene Oldham, a freelance writer and professor of journalism and business communications, offers advice to writers about how to use Pinterest to connect with and inspire readers.
Campaign for Cash: Crowdfunding Tips for Writers
Gigi Rosenberg provides crowdfunding tips for writers looking to raise money for research trips, workshops, and publication.
The Literary Life
The Revolution: Report From Literary Egypt
Contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. reports on the literary community in Cairo, Egypt, interviewing authors, publishers, and booksellers about the ongoing protests, freedom of speech, and the future of Egypt.
Open Your Eyes: Seeing Like a Writer
Contributor Tony Eprile explores the notion of how what we see (and don’t see) defines us and offers guidance to writers about harnessing the powers of observation.