May/June 1995

James Laughlin, writer and founder of New Directions—the nation's oldest independent literary press—talks about 60 years of publishing some of this century's greatest writers.

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Features

On Apprenticeship

by Bill Roorbach
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Why don't writers, like other artists, understand the importance of being an apprentice?

A Month at Hawthornden Castle

by Sharon Mesmer
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History and rich scenery inspire Mesmer during a retreat at a Scottish Castle.

The New Machoism: An Interview With Thom Jones

by Ray Kelleher
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Thom Jones, the author of The Pugilist at Rest, talks about boxing, mysticism, epilepsy, and how writing emanates from it all.

Hellman/Hammett Grants Assist Persecuted Writers

by Paul Perilli
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The Free Expression Project provides money to writers silenced under oppressive governments.

A Conversation With James Laughlin

by Eliot Weinberger
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James Laughlin, writer and founder of New Directions—the nation's oldest independent literary press—talks about 60 years of publishing some of this century's greatest writers.

The Pushcart Press

by Sheridan Sansegundo
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In order to publish his own novel, Bill Henderson started a small press. Twenty-five years later he publishes writers rejected by commercial presses and offers the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

An Interview With Gary Snyder

by Charles Egan
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Gary Snyder, the environmentalist poet, is also a Zen Buddhist, consummate Bohemian, and rural renaissance man.

News and Trends

Graywolf Founder Takes New Position at Utne Reader

by Tracy Marx
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Former editor and founder of Graywolf Press is named editorial director of Utne Reader.

Electronic Publishing: In a State of Delirium

by Elizabeth M. Kelley
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Time/Warner Electronic Publishing becomes the first electronic publisher to serialize a novel on the Internet.

Congress Targets NEA Fellowships for Budget Cuts; Hearings Scheduled

by Jane Ludlam
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On March 16, the House of Representatives approved cuts of $5 million from the National Endowment for the Arts's current budget of $167.4.

New Literary Magazine to Hit Stands in June

by Amy Callahan
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In June, the new literary magazine Word will make its national debut, led by M Mark, who made her reputation as founder and editor of The Voice Literary Supplement.

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