"The gunshots that echoed throughout the valley sounded almost patient." Colin Winnette's new novel, Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio, 2015), featured in Page One in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, is a contemporary western about two murderous brothers.
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Tayari Jones answers questions about her writing process and discusses the obstacles she experienced in publishing her novel Silver Sparrow (Algonquin Books, 2011). Read Jones's interview with debut novelist Angela Flournoy in “First Fiction 2015" in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
This animated trailer for Rebecca Dinerstein's debut novel, The Sunlit Night (Bloomsbury, 2015), was created by Jonty de Klerk. Read more about Dinerstein in “First Fiction 2015" in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, and catch her tour in the Reading Tour Manager.
"I give my thanks to Franz Kafka whose novel Das Schloss [The Castle] I read when I was twelve years old… I believe my fate was sealed." Hungarian fiction writer László Krasznahorkai gives his acceptance speech for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize last month.
"'Whenever you receive a letter from a creditor / immediately write fifty lines / upon an otherworldly subject, / and you will be saved!' (If not from the stepfool.)" Franz Wright reads "Baudelaire" from his book Wheeling Motel (Knopf, 2009) at the 2008 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Wright passed away last month at the age of sixty-two.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough recounts childhood memories of spending time in the library, and how important librarians have been to his work as a writer. His new book, The Wright Brothers, was published by Simon & Schuster last month.
"My father said they should have named me What Have You Done." The opening lines of Jim Shepard's novel The Book of Aron, published last month by Knopf, are featured in this animated video by Drew Roberts.
Juan Felipe Herrera reads "Five Directions to My House" from his poetry collection Half of the World in Light (University of Arizona Press, 2008). Herrera was named the twenty-first poet laureate of the United States yesterday, the first Latino to hold the position.
"The great thing with poetry is that you can hide a lot of your feelings and a lot of your truth in metaphor, and that's why I felt safe." In this teaser for a documentary from BBC Radio 1, spoken word poets share stories of their first experiences writing poems and how poetry has made an impact on their lives.
"The fact that you don't like something about your work... actually means that you know something about it." In this episode of Faber Academy's podcast Inside Writing, Erica Wagner offers encouraging words for writers feeling discouraged or stuck in their writing.