May/June 1998

Winning high praise from both the PEN Foundation and Oprah may seem a monumental feat, but it’s all in a day’s work for the author, whose novels—The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, and the just-published The Short History of a Price—artfully pair elegant writing with an empathy for misfits.


A Writer's Counsel: When an Advance Is Yours to Keep

by Alan J. Kaufman
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When a royalty advance is subject to return.

Real Poets in an Imaginary Garden

by Sue Ellen Thompson
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The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival proves there is an audience for poetry.

Daily Harvest: At Work With Novelist Jane Hamilton

by Judith Strasser
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Jane Hamilton.

Rising From the Ashes: Profile of Maxine Hong Kingston

by Paul Mandelbaum
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Returning from her father's funeral rite, the award-winning author of The Warrior Woman discovered her home and the only copy of a manuscript she had been working on for years had burned. Renowned for her reinvention of literary form, she...

The Writer in the Family: Civics Lessons for Kindred Spirits

by Julie Checkoway
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Passing on wisdom.

Whose Electronic Right Is It, Anyway?

by Patricia Murphy
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Copyright in cyberspace.

Bringing Writers Into the World

by Michael McGregor
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Literary agent Gail Hochman.

The Better Way to Sell Fiction

by Judith Appelbaum
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Pitching fiction through query letters.

A Poet's Valediction: Denise Levertov, 1923-1997

by Nicholas O'Connell
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In a final interview the poet talks about her influences, which range from Eliot and Williams to the mountain outside her window.

News and Trends

Can Birthday Letters Spell M-O-V-I-E?

by Ed Brown
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Ted Hughes's "Birthday Letters" is a commercial hit.

Zoetrope Celebrates First Anniversary

by Mary Gannon
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Coppola shares vision for Zoetrope at ceremony celebrating magazine's first year.

Unique Nonprofit Relocates

by Amy Holman
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Writers Conferences & Festival moves from Denver to Minneapolis.

Bard Presses Roll Again

by Michael Dumiak
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Avon revives its literary fiction and nonfiction imprint--Bard.