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Wilder Forms
THIS year’s focus on debut poets features ten of the most notable first books of poetry published in 2018. The selected books, which encompass a broad range of styles and subjects, take on complicated and weighty topics—Fatimah Asghar’s If They Come
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Tacey M. Atsitty
University of New Mexico Press O Holy People, show mehow I am human,how I am soon to sliver.—from “Evensong” HOW IT BEGAN: Heal i ng, mostly. In Rain Scald you can find several histories that call for ceremony. But this was also my master’s thesis, s
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The Time Is Now
Suggested Reading: Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (Random House, January) by Benjamin Dreyer The longtime copy chief of Random House, who has copyedited books by authors such as E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank
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Page One
“Perhaps there is one book for every life.” All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf (Crown, January 2019) by Katharine Smyth. First book, memoir. Agent: Anna Stein. Editor: Claire Potter. Publicist: Julia Bradshaw. “I’ve known D
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Small Press Points
“To feature the work that amazed us,” Richard Siken says when asked why he and Drew Burk started the literary magazine Spork in 2000. “A parallel goal was to show that it was possible to start and run a magazine, and eventually a press, without exter
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Mario Chard
Tupelo Press (Dorset Prize) What is your name? they said.I am nameless I said.Yes they said.—from “Renditions” HOW IT BEGAN: I wanted to write poems about migration, war, parenthood, and childhood. But without authority beyond attention or observatio
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EDITOR’S Note
THIS PAST AUTUMN I HAD THE BLESSED OCCASION TO TAKE a long walk with my kids, ages eleven and thirteen, in the wilds of Otter Creek State Forest, in the western Adirondack region of New York. This particular forest is about five hours north of where
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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Every January thousands of cowboys, ranchers, musicians, and craftspeople journey to the high-desert town of Elko, Nevada, for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The festival features six days of poetry, music, dancing, and folk art exhibits, as w
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Publishing Poetry in Translation
In an April 2018 inter view with the Guardian, British Libyan author Hisham Matar said: “International literature remains hugely underrated and, as a side effect, English books are often overrated. About 1.5 percent of books published in the U.K. and
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Fatimah Asghar
One World …my people my peoplethe long years we’ve survived the longyears yet to come…—from “If They Come for Us” HOW IT BEGAN: I was writing a lot of poems that were about my childhood, and my friend Kevin Coval pulled me aside one day and said, “Yo
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Jenny George
Copper Canyon Press This is the afterlife, butI’m not dead. I’m justhere in this field.—from “Death of a Child” HOW IT BEGAN: The inquiry in these poems is shaped by the question: How much of our aliveness can we bear? Another way of asking that is:
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Portraits of INSPIRATION
Why do you write? I write in order to live; to be sane in this world; to expand my own ideas of what’s possible; for the girl inside me who did not believe she was valuable; for the woman inside me who trivializes her own pain; for all the living peo
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José Olivarez
Haymarket Books i killed a plant once because i gaveit too much water. lord, i worrythat love is violence.—from “Getting Ready to SayI Love You to My Dad, It Rains” HOW IT BEGAN: There are a couple of origins. The first was just play. I was unsatisfi
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New Titles
By George Keithley George Braziller, Inc. “The Donner Party is one of the three or four finest book-length American poems ever written.”—Poetry. “Out of the western migration of the 1840s…Keithley has made a lean, taut narrative poem that moves with
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Authors Thinking Outside the Book
Charles Theonia’s latest book looks nothing like a book. I nstead it is a collection of twenty-one tiny glass bottles, each one with a poem inside. When Theonia, a transgender writer who goes by the pronouns they and them, was beginning hormone repla
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The Hour Between Dog and Wolf
MELISSA BURKLEY received her PhD in psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Men’s Health. She has also appeared on Oprah Radio and Martha Stewart Living
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Diana Khoi Nguyen
Omnidawn Publishing n empty house, her sisters dead below her; nowind, no rain; we stayed—from “Triptych” HOW IT BEGAN: The suicide of my brother, which led me to look closer at my immediate familial history and then my parents’ histories in Vietnam
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How to Get Paid
MICHAEL BOURNE is a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. FOUR years ago Jennifer Percy decided she wanted to report on the lives of women in war-torn Afghanistan and get paid to do it. A graduate of both the fiction and nonfiction MFA pro
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Mary Gannon Leads CLMP
In November, Mary Gannon, formerly the associate director and director of content for the Academy of American Poets, became the new executive director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). She succeeds Jeffrey Lependorf as the he
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Conferences & Residencies
POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES application information for writers conferences, literary festivals, residencies, and colonies of interest to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Applications for the following events are due sh
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Justin Phillip Reed
Coffee House Press their whole heavy tongue slackin my own throat, opiate-slow.—from “Anesthesia Is a CountryYou Leave for America” HOW IT BEGAN: It didn’t exist yet. I don’t mean that to be snide or dismissive. I wrote the poems in Indecency because
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Deadlines
POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of less than $1,000 that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards.
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Pitch-Writing 101
The first task of writing a successful pitch is deciding where to send it. If you haven’t written for pay before, you may want to start small—a blog you read regularly or the website of a print publication you respect. Spend some time reading the sit
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Recent Winners
CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS Backwaters Press Backwaters Prize BEVERLY BURCH BkMk Press John Ciardi Prize for Poetry WALLACE STEVENS AWARD Sonia Sanchez of Philadelphia won the 2018 Wallace
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Tiana Clark
University of Pittsburgh Press (Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize) I think about patience and its stupid song.I can’t wait— Yes, I’m always looking backat my dead.—from “After Orpheus” HOW IT BEGAN: Survival. The seed of this collection is about poet
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Jenny Xie
Graywolf Press (Walt Whitman Award) Desire makes beggars out of eachand every one of us. Cavity that cannot close.That cracks open more distances.—from “Phnom Penh Diptych:Wet Season” HOW IT BEGAN: Some of the very earliest poems in this book were se
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Analicia Sotelo
Milkweed Editions (Jake Adam York Prize) My veil is fried tongue & chicken wire,hanging off to one side. I am a Mexican American fascinator.—from “Do You Speak Virgin?” HOW IT BEGAN: All I thought about when writing this book was whether the poems we
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Literary MagNet
With her debut essay collection, Five Plots, Erica Trabold wanted to render in words the beauty of Nebraska, her home state. “I became quietly passionate about making my home feel just as beautiful to readers who had never been there,” she says. “I w
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Curation as Creation
POETS & WRITERS IS MORE than a magazine. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving creative writers. We pay fees to writers giving readings and leading workshops, provide information and advice to authors, and help them connect with one an
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