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Juan Felipe Herrera selects poet Ray Gonzalez for Witter Bynner Fellowship; Asian American fiction published in 2016; Ta-Nehisi Coates on politics and writing; and other news.
Siri Hustvedt on literature and science; novelist Ahmed Naji released from prison; notable books from indie presses; and other news.
Bibliotherapy around the world; writers recommend classic books; poet astrologers; and other news.
New York City’s Shakespeare & Co. bookstore raises eight million dollars to expand; debut authors over thirty-five; wisdom from authors’ letter collections; and other news.
The often playful process of writer-artist collaboration is explored through a close examination of the book Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions by poet Molly Peacock and visual artist Kara Kosaka.
A useful skill for one’s writing practice is the ability to write badly. A poet explains how allowing ourselves to write badly is not only generative, but can also break the habit of self-censorship and can lead to our best work.
Compose a series of poems addressed to an unknown person, write a story with an unexpected arc, or predict the future—three prompts to spark your creativity.
A composer and writer discusses the inspiration behind his play Emmett Till a river, which employs the Japanese theater form Noh, and the ways in which artistic practice can succeed through failure.