September/October 1989

Agent Ellen Levine combines business acumen with high literary standards and a willingness to take on worthy writers who are not obvious moneymakers.

Features

The Invisible Program and Black Students: An Examination of Creative Writing Programs at Black Colleges

by Will Nixon
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A report from last spring's AWP conference: Why creative writing programs have little appeal for black students.

The Gay/Lesbian Writer in Context: The University, the Writing Community, and the Marketplace

by Stacey Chase
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A report from last spring's AWP conference: Gay and lesbian writers address homophobia in the literary community.

A Talk With Allen Ginsberg

by Stacey Chase
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Allen Ginsberg reflects on sexuality and poetry.

An Interview With Ellen Levine

by David Sacks
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Lliterary agent Ellen Levine has her star authors, but is also known to encourage new talent.

Celebrating Weldon Kees

by Roy Scheele
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A small town in Nebraska honors one of its own.

Transatlantic Differences: Readings in Britain

by Janice Eidus
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After a three-week publicity tour in England, an American writer suggests we take some cues from readings across the Atlantic.

On Bread Loaf Mountain

by Edward Falco
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A writer leaves an isolated life in southwest Virginia to spend twelve days and nights at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Writing With Light: Jill Krementz

by Allen Barnett
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Since 1961, Jill Krementz has photographed some of the most famous writers of this century, Marianne Moore and E. B. White among them.

News and Trends

The Power of the Word

by Caroline Bock
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Bill Moyers presents a six-part PBS series on poetry.

Two Free Grammar Hotlines

by Caroline Bock
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A retired English teacher and a college professor offer two different free grammar hotlines.

Delta Fiction: Originals and Reprints

by David Sacks
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A new paperback fiction line publishes novels of up-and-coming writers.

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