November/December 2019

Our November/December issue includes an interview with Carmen Maria Machado about her new memoir, In the Dream House; Reginald Dwayne Betts in conversation with Mahogany L. Browne about his forthcoming poetry collection, Felon; our fourth annual 5 Over 50; essays from eight innovators on the future of independent publishing; an interview with Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic of the Washington Post; plus a Q&A with Carl Phillips, judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, contests, writing prompts, and more.

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Dream House as Interview: Q&A with Carmen Maria Machado

by Jera Brown
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In her new book, In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado reimagines the memoir form by examining her personal story of domestic abuse using different tropes and shines new light on the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. 

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Name a Song: Q&A With Reginald Dwayne Betts

by Mahogany L. Browne
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Reginald Dwayne Betts, whose latest poetry collection, Felon, is out now from Norton, sits down with poet and activist Mahogany L. Browne for a conversation about political poetry and the realities of the U.S. prison system.

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5 Over 50: 2019

by Staff

In our fourth annual installment of this series, five debut authors over the age of fifty—Julie Langsdorf, Valencia Robin, Timothy Brandoff, Margaret Renkl, and Peter Kaldheim—share excerpts from their first books.

Special Section

The Future of Independent Publishing: Eight Industry Innovators on the Book Business of Tomorrow

by Various
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Eight publishers and literary entrepreneurs—Fiona McCrae of Graywolf Press, Jamia Wilson of Feminist Press, Molly Barton of Serial Box, Jennifer 8. Lee of Plympton, and others—on adapting to economic and technological changes.

News and Trends

Q&A: A Century of Yale Younger Poets

by Maya C. Popa

Carl Phillips, the longtime judge of the Yale Younger Poets prize and the editor of the anthology Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets, on how the prize has evolved during the past century.

The Practical Writer

How to Get Paid: Finance 101 for Writers

by Michael Bourne
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The final installment in our series about writing-related income offers a guide to staying on top of your finances, including worksheets to help determine your freelance rate and tax deductions.

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The Literary Life

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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Write a poem attempting to find meaning in visual artifacts, a short story about a world in which memories can be manipulated, or a nonfiction piece about the season’s soundscape.  

The Insanity and the Inspiration: National Novel Writing Month

by Anndee Hochman
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Follow three Philadelphia writers as they join a community of more than three hundred thousand writers participating in NaNoWriMo 2018, a challenge to write a fifty-thousand-word novel during the month of November.

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