Ink Well: The Podcast

This week I want to introduce you to Ink Well, a Houston-based podcast that I cohost which interviews established and emerging writers from across the United States. Presented by Tintero Projects and Inprint, the two organizations collaborate to make suggestions for writers to interview, Inprint provides the recording space and the producer, Tintero Projects founders Jasminne and yours truly cohost and interview guests, and ta-da, you get a podcast series, which is currently in its third year.

With the series, we hope to find ways to showcase international, national, and regional voices talking about the writing landscape. We especially want to feature writers of color and Southern voices from the Gulf Coast to offer them an opportunity to share their work and thoughts on writing.

Our inaugural episode welcomed poet Analicia Sotelo, whose debut poetry collection, Virgin, was selected by Ross Gay as the first winner of the Jake Adam York Prize. Since then guests have included Ching-In Chen, Rigoberto González, Daniel Peña, Samanta Schweblin, and Carmen Giménez Smith.

If you’re looking for something to occupy you on a long commute and want to hear brilliant voices talking about all things literary, give Ink Well a listen. I hope you’ll be introduced to some new inspiring voices.

Ink Well podcast cohosts Jasminne and Lupe Mendez.
 
Lupe Mendez is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in Houston. Contact him at Houston@pw.org or on Twitter, @houstonpworg.

Texas Book Festival

The 2019 Texas Book Festival was held from October 26 to October 27 on the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. The festival featured panels, book signings, and discussions with more than 300 nationally and critically recognized authors, as well as a book fair, music performances, and a Saturday night Lit Crawl. Participating authors included poets Lauren Alleyne, Jericho Brown, and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal; fiction writers Kristen Arnett, Jamie Attenberg, John Grisham, and Rion Amilcar Scott; and nonfiction writers Sarah M. Broom, Jaquira Díaz, Saeed Jones, and Tim O’Brien.

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Texas Book Festival, 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Unit B, Austin, TX 78721. (512) 477-4055.

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Gotham Writers Conference

The Gotham Writers Conference was held from October 25 to October 26 at the Ace Hotel in New York City. Sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop, the event was open to fiction and nonfiction writers. The first day of the conference featured panels, presentations, and a happy hour; the second day of the conference featured pitching roundtables with literary agents. The faculty included fiction writers Susan Breen, Seth Fried, and Kody Keplinger; and nonfiction writer Kim Liao. Participating agents included Kurestin Armada (P.S.

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Gotham Writers Conference, Gotham Writers Workshop, 555 8th Avenue, Suite 1402, New York, NY 10018. (212) 974-8377.

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Other Words Literary Conference

The Other Words Literary Conference, presented by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition (FLAC), was held from October 24 to October 26 on the campus of the University of Tampa. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panels and readings. The faculty included poet Erica Dawson, fiction writer Steph Post, and nonfiction writer Craig Pittman. The cost of the conference was $65 for FLAC members and $95 for nonmembers. Workshops were available for an additional $40. Registration was first come, first served.

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Other Words Literary Conference, Florida Literary Arts Coalition, P.O. Box 992, Saint Augustine, FL 32085. (904) 819-6339. Rick Campbell, Director.

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Adrienne Brodeur

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“The very act of reading is an empathetic act.” In this Aspen Institute video, Adrienne Brodeur talks about her writing process and reads from her debut memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

Washington College
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November 15, 2019

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a nonfiction writer working on a book that addresses the history or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation's founding ideas. The fellowship also includes health benefits, faculty privileges, and a residency in a restored eighteenth-century house in historic Chestertown. The fellow is expected to teach a semester-long undergraduate seminar and give one lecture or workshop related to his or her work-in-progress. Submit a writing sample of any length, a project description, a brief course proposal, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by November 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Upcoming Contest Deadlines

With a new month swiftly approaching, the time is right to submit to these contests, all of which have a closing date of October 31 or November 1. These poetry, fiction, and nonfiction awards include opportunities to attend residencies in Italy and Oregon. Each offers a prize of $1,000 or more; one prize has an estimated value of over $6,000.

Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards: Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of Books and attend a workshop on the University of Arizona campus in March 2020. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee: $20.

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award: A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Allison Joseph will judge. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee: $25.

Poetry Society of the United Kingdom National Poetry Competition: A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,430) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,570) and a third-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) are also given. The winners will also be published in Poetry Review and invited to read at festivals in the United Kingdom. Poems written in English by poets from any country are eligible. Mona Arshi, Helen Mort, and Maurice Riordan will judge. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee: $9. 

Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award: A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a book of poems in a standard edition. The winning book will also be distributed to 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. Harryette Mullen will judge. Deadline: November 1. Entry fee: $35.

Briar Cliff Review Writing Contests: Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Deadline: November 1. Entry fee: $20, which includes a copy of the prize issue. 

Autumn House Press Poetry Chapbook Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Deadline: November 1. Entry fee: $20. 

Fiction Collective Two Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest: A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Sarah Blackman will judge. Deadline: November 1. Entry fee: $25.

Cutthroat Writing Awards: Three prizes of $1,200 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Deadline: November 1. Entry fee: $20.

Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines, and check out the Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Grave Goods

10.24.19

Last week Science journal published a study with the DNA analyses of graves and found objects from prehistoric German households that demonstrates wealth disparities in inhabitants not previously seen. The findings include indications that under the same roof, there were family members who passed down inherited wealth, unrelated individuals not buried with wealth, and nonlocal women who maintained or married into wealth. Consider the beloved and functional items in your home and write a personal essay that examines how these objects express social complexity or class status. How might you be remembered based on your possessions?

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