November/December 2015

Our Independent Publishing issue highlights the small-press champions of literature in translation, including New Directions, Two Lines Press, Open Letter Books, Europa Editions, and Archipelago Books; a profile of novelist Marilynne Robinson; an installment of Agents & Editors featuring Copper Canyon Press editor in chief Michael Wiegers; Donald Hall on a life in poetry; advice from literary agent Betsy Amster; pro self-publishing tips; new and noteworthy books; and much more.

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Features

The Deeper Mind: A Profile of Marilynne Robinson

by Kevin Nance
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Her new book of essays, The Givenness of Things, is further proof that Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Marilynne Robinson is writing with an entirely different level of intellectual and creative rigor.

Special Section

How Do You Translate a Gunshot? Charlie Hebdo, Francophone Culture, and the Translation Conundrum

by Jennifer Solheim
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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a French scholar and literary translator discusses the need for translators to be well versed in intersectional knowledge of culture and history.

What Is Written for You: From Starvation to Salvation in Bulgaria

by Angela Rodel
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An American expat details her experience in becoming a translator of Bulgarian literature, and how it is “one of the best, most intellectually and spiritually fulfilling careers [she] could imagine.”

The Translation Tango: On Being an Emerging Translator

by Megan Berkobien
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A young translator recalls attending the 2014 American Literary Translators Association conference, and her discovery of how deeply personal the craft of translation can be.

The Aha! Moment: Poet and Translator Anthony Seidman

by Michael Bourne
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Poet and translator Anthony Seidman discusses his translation of Mexican poet Salvador Novo’s 1931 poem “La escuela” for an upcoming English-language collection of the poet’s work.

News and Trends

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

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 John Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries and a translation of Liu Xia’s Empty Chairs, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

Scouting Out New Books of Poetry

by Amanda Calderon

Frustrated by a reviewing culture that they found to be increasingly insular—and as such, less honest—two poets decided to create a safe new space for reviewers to write candidly—and anonymously—about new collections of poetry.

Literary MagNet

by Travis Kurowski

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 the Black Warrior Review, Granta, the Asia Literary Review, the Burnside Review, and the Dark Horse.

The Practical Writer

The Literary Life

Selected Poems: Looking Back on a Lifetime of Writing

by Donald Hall
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A former United States poet laureate reflects on his career, and how his experiences of love, partnership, and aging helped shape the curatorial process for his newest collection.

Mermaids and Matryoshkas: The Secret Life of a Poetic Sequence

by Sandra Beasley
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A poet and author talks with five published and noteworthy poets about craft and creative process, and what they do when the going gets tough.

The Time Is Now

by Staff
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Invent new words, change your perceptions, or get mistaken for strangers--three exercises to flex your creative muscles.  

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