The life and work of Martin Amis; books about race in America; a library taxi in Tehran; and other news.
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Through her work with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a poet discovers that writing can grant a type of freedom to incarcerated men—and in the process finds her own sense of peace in the wake of personal trauma.
Two novelists discuss the excitement and challenges of editing an anthology of essays.
The current judge for America’s oldest and most prestigious first-book prize for poets discusses his encounter with the poems from Blue Yodel, Ansel Elkins’s 2014 prize-winning collection, which will be published next year by Yale University Press.
Novelist Eleanor Catton on writing strategies; why science fiction should be taken seriously; from blog to book; and other news.
Christina Baker Kline novels move from mid-list to bestseller; a day in the life of Meg Wolitzer; two authors consider the strength of the adage “write what you know”; and other news.
A San Diego writer celebrates a novel fifteen years in the making; a South African novelist explores E. M. Forster’s private life; New Orleans gears up for Tennessee Williams Literary Festival; and other news.
Mastering the art of modulation—the ebb and flow of suspense, action, and meditation—can be the key to writing a truly great story.
While writers often express the need for fewer restrictions in their writing lives, one author argues that implementing limitations may actually lead to surprising—and productive—results.