May/June 1993

Ntozake Shange, the prolific poet, novelist, and playwright, talks about how her characters give voice to long-silenced women of color.

Features

The Literary Agent—Who Needs One and Why?

by Adam Begley
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The first chapter in a new Poets & Writers book explores the pros and cons of hiring a literary agent.

An Interview with Rick Bass

by Kevin Breen
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Rick Bass, the author of The Watch, fights environmental battles for his home in the Montana wilderness, the only place where he can write.

Curbstone: An Engaged Press

by Kathleen Norris
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For almost twenty years, Judith Doyle and Alex Taylor's Curbstone Press has been publishing literature that makes social statements.

Recycle This Manuscript

by Lowell Jaeger
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The judge of chapbook contest describes the life cycle of the manuscripts in a poetry competition.

An Interview with Ntozake Shange

by Edward K. Brown II
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Ntozake Shange, the prolific poet, novelist, and playwright, talks about how her characters give voice to long-silenced women of color.

Queer Publishing: Between the Covers

by David Groff
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Books are often only the source of vital information and entertainment for a large and lasting audience of gay people.

The Santa Barbara Writer's Conference

by Joan Fry
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Every year at a beach in Southern California, Barnaby Conrad brings together well-known literary figures and writers seeking opportunities for a "week-long high" of workshops and lectures.

River Rhymes

by William Rossa Cole
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A poet follows his own rules as the inventor of a new form of light verse.

News and Trends

Literary Marketing Gets a $1.4 Million Boost

by Jane Ludlam
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The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has awarded $1.4 million to eighteen literary magazines and presses to help them reach more readers through new marketing strategies.

Arts Wire Links Writers Nationwide

by Jane Ludlam
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A new online network connects writers and artists with organizations that support their work.

Harry Ford Receives Editing Award from NPS

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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After nearly a decade of editing both promising and accomplished poets, Harry Ford of Alfred A. Knopf receives the first Award for Editing given by the National Poetry Series.

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