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The Clifton House
On the ninth anniversary of poet Lucille Clifton’s death, her eldest daughter, Sidney Clifton, felt a strong desire to be back in her family’s former home in Baltimore. She decided to call the owner, who told her the house had been put up for sale th
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The Office of Historical Corrections
The vision for the Institute of Public History that summoned me from my former job as a history professor at GW had been grandiose. An ambitious freshman congresswoman demanded funding to put a public historian in every zip code in the country, a cor
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Conferences & Residencies
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference will be held online from January 15, 2021, to January 18, 2021. The conference features workshops of book-length poetry manuscripts with poets and editors. The faculty includes Peter Covino and Joan Houlihan.
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Contributors
LATOYA JORDAN is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Twitter @latoyadjordan. GILA LYONS’s writing on mental health and social justice has appeared in the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; Cosmopolitan; and other publications. THEA PR
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OUR FIFTH ANNUAL 5 over 50
For the past five years we’ve dedicated this space to featuring five debut authors who have lived a good deal of life before publishing their first books. From the start our aim was to highlight not one path—not some mythical road, paved with youthfu
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THE FRIENDS OF POETS & WRITERS, INC.
William J. Anderson John Ballantine Ronald Bartlebaugh Joshua Bodwell Nancy Brown Jennifer Christman Tom Claffey Gary Edwards Judith I. Ferster Mary Fitzpatrick Ann M. Friedman Marianne Gambaro Holter F. Graham Karen Gray Joy Harjo Ed Harrison John H
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Page One
“These are the late poems.” Dearly (Ecco, November 2020) by Margaret Atwood. Fifty-third book, eighteenth poetry collection. Agent: Karolina Sutton. Editor: Daniel Halpern. Publicist: Caitlin Mulrooney-Lyski. “Deep in the mountains of Akishina where
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Elizabeth Wetmore
Age: 52. Residence: Chicago. Book: Valentine (Harper, March 2020), a novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of a West Texas oil town in the 1970s. Agent: Samantha Shea of Georges Borchardt, Inc. Editor: Emily Griffin
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We Need Your Support
What a difference a year makes. A year ago we wrote on this page about our ambitious plans for 2020, our fiftieth anniversary year. We laid out our commitment to empowering writers and strengthening literary communities as well as our plan to launch
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A Chicago Press for the People
On September 24, 2009, sixteen-year-old student Derrion Albert was beaten to death outside of Christian Fenger Academy High School, on the South Side of Chicago, in broad daylight. Though there were many witnesses, one of whom captured the attack on
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Vivian Gibson
Age: 71. Residence: Saint Louis, Missouri. Book: The Last Children of Mill Creek (Belt Publishing, April 2020), a memoir about survival, as told from the viewpoint of a watchful young girl. Agent: None. Editor: Martha Bayne. I THINK it is fair to say
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In Memoriam
Jennifer Breen Josephine Cox Stanley Crouch Don Domanski Max Evans Peter Graham Shirley Ann Grau Winston Groom Pete Hamill Florence Howe Myesha Jenkins Randall Kenan Alice Koller Adalis Martinez William McClung Elaine Moss Gail Sheehy James Silberman
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A. H. Kim
Age: 55. Residence: San Francisco. Book: A Good Family (Graydon House, July 2020), a domestic thriller about a glamorous Big Pharma executive who pleads guilty in a whistleblower lawsuit and enters Alderson women’s prison, only to suspect that one of
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The Anthologist
And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers From Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic (Restless Books, August 2020), edited by Ilan Stavans, offers a global portrait of the disparate and shared experiences of life amid a pandemic. Essay
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Susan Buttenwieser
Age: 55. Residence: New York City. Book: We Were Lucky With the Rain (Four Way Books, September 2020), a collection of stories about people grappling with emotional isolation, economic insecurity, and family fragmentation. Agent: None. Editor: Martha
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MacDowell Tests Virtual Residencies
In the midst of COVID-19, the country’s oldest arts residency is reimagining itself after 113 years. In August, MacDowell launched its first Virtual MacDowell “residency,” a fully online program intended to support artists and foster a sense of conne
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Daniel Becker
Age: 71. Residence: Charlottesville, Virginia. Book: 2nd Chance (New Issues Poetry Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, October 2020), a collect ion of poems. Agent: None. Editor: Nancy Eimers. I AM working on a long ruminative poem, like several in 2nd
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Small Press Points
Edward Vidaurre, publisher and editor in chief of FlowerSong Press (www.flowersongpress.com), describes the press’s authors as “an all-star team of healers” who are “not only invested in self but also community.” Founded in 2011 in McAllen, Texas, as
Poets & Writers17 min lettiPopular Culture & Media Studies
The Abundance, Joy, Beauty, Persistence, Power, and Potential of Independent Publishing
IN THE fall of 2020, when the United States seemed to be reckoning with multiple points of inflection—the COVID-19 pandemic, a highly contested election season, the #PublishingPaidMe conversation about inequities in book advances, and widespread prot
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Literary MagNet
In her ingeniously structured debut collection, If the Body Allows It (University of Nebraska Press, September 2020), Megan Cummins intersperses stories about the book’s protagonist, Marie, with pieces the character herself has written. Marie’s attem
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Stories From Here
EACH region of the United States has its own long-running stereotypes and myths. As someone who speaks English with what has been termed a “fairly noticeable” Minnesotan accent, I still need to bite my tongue when someone inevitably asks me about Far
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House Celebrates Broadside Lotus
After founding the Detroit-based Broadside Press in 1965, Dudley Randall wrote: “We (Africans in the United States) are a nation of twenty-two million souls, larger than Athens in the age of Pericles or England in the age of Elizabeth. There is no re
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The Politics of Gatekeeping
FOR many emerging writers, literary magazines are a way to get a foot in the door, to snag a byline, and to build a portfolio of work that might one day lead to a full manuscript, a chapbook, an artistic collaboration, or whatever form success might
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The Time Is Now
Humans may no longer have the nictitating membranes, tails, and vomeronasal organs possessed by birds, monkeys, or reptiles, but we do still have vestiges of them, whittled down to nonfunctioning parts of the body: the folds at the inside corners of
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Small Press Perseverance
IN MOST years Kaya Press, a small publisher in Los Angeles that specializes in writing from the Asian and Pacific Islander diasporas, takes in $3,000 to $4,000 through traditional book sales for the month of March, along with another $1,000 via direc
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The Infallible Continuum
JOHN Steinbeck famously asked a group of creative writing students on the first day of a writing class, “Why are you here? Why aren’t you sitting at home writing?” Questions that imply an uncomfortable quandary. I wonder why an adventurous student di
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Order Out of Chaos
IF YOU follow any number of poets on social media, you’ve probably seen a version of this photo: the pages of a collection in progress, spread across the floor or perhaps taped on a wall. Sometimes it’s an orderly line across the room, sometimes a fl
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Pw.org
Visit our Small Presses and Literary Magazines databases to find detailed information, such as reading periods, editors’ advice, and submission guidelines, for more than fifteen hundred spots to send your work. Keep track of your submissions to magaz
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Reading In The Bardo
WHEN campus closed suddenly in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I filled bags with books from my office—ones I would need for teaching online and others I planned on reading. My kids’ school was next to close, and I recognized that my imag
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Deadlines
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are African. The prize is cosponsored by Prairie
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