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Conferences & Residencies
The 56th annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference will be held from August 2 to August 5 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The conference features workshops and craft classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction,
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Literary MagNet
“I’m interested in essays because the definition of them seems to be changing all the time,” says Chelsea Hodson, whose debut essay collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else, comes out this month from Henry Holt. Hodson’s own essays, which tend toward the
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Deadlines
CREATIVE WRITING AWARD Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The winner in poetry also receives a full membership to the Poetry Soci
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Small Press Points
July 13 holds special importance for writer and publisher Leland Cheuk. Not only is it the day that, in 2014, he found out his life had been saved by a successful bone marrow transplant from a stranger, but it’s also the day that his first novel, The
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Standing The Test Of Time
IN 1992 George Saunders was still working full-time at an engineering firm when, after some successes with smaller publications, he had his first story accepted by the New Yorker. What Saunders didn’t know was that just before “Offloading for Mrs. Sc
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Poets Protest Guns in the Classroom
This past spring, poets and teachers Beth Ann Fennelly and Catherine Pierce organized hundreds of Mississippi educators to sign an open letter opposing guns in the classroom. “A classroom with a gun ceases to be an environment where teachers or stude
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The Savvy Self-Publisher
DEBRA ENGLANDER is a New York City–based freelance editor, writer, and book coach. She managed a business-book program at John Wiley & Sons for nearly seventeen years and previously worked at Money magazine and Book-of-the-Month Club. She has written
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Page One
“I have never been comfortable in my own body.” Sick (Harper Perennial, June 2018) by Porochista Khakpour. Third book, first memoir. Agent: Seth Fishman. Editor: Laura Brown. Publicist: Lily Lopate. “when you are sitting / with the corpse of your fri
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The Business of Relationships
It is often said that book publishing is a business of relationships. Behind every successful title there is a small crowd of people who, over the course of many months and even years, worked together—via e-mail and in person, on the phone and over l
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Instapoets Prove Powerful in Print
Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has spawned whole new genres of visual entertainment. From tattoo artists to cookie decorators, savvy users of the photo- and video-sharing platform have attracted viral followings that often galvanize lucrative
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Tommy Orange
whose debut novel, There There, was published in June by Knopf. INTRODUCED BY Claire Vaye Watkins author of two books, including the novel Gold Fame Citrus, published by Riverhead Books in 2015. The first thing one not ices about There There, Tommy O
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Barbershop Books
Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the nineties, Alvin Irby wasn’t much of a reader. “Reading books for pleasure wasn’t a part of my childhood,” he says. It wasn’t until high school—when Irby “started to understand the political and societal imp
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Jamel Brinkley
whose debut story collection, A Lucky Man, was published in May by Graywolf Press. INTRODUCED BY Danielle Evans author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, published by Riverhead Books in 2010. Jamel Brinkley’s debut story
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Reactions
Feedback from readers Maya Popa’s article “Two More Weeks to Submit! The Question of Extended Deadlines” (May/June 2018) is very timely, as I’ve noticed a marked increase in contest-deadline extensions in recent years. As both a writer and an editor
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Katharine Dion
whose debut novel, The Dependents, was published in June by Little, Brown. INTRODUCED BY Adam Haslett author of three books, including the novel Imagine Me Gone, published by Little, Brown in 2016. Katharine Dion’s excellent debut novel, The Dependen
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EDITOR’S Note
CARRIED FORTH BY A TEAM MOST OF MY WORK ON THE LEAD STORY IN THIS ISSUE’S special section—the heavy lifting, one might say—was done while I was recuperating from back surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that nonetheless knocked me off my regular
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Fatima Farheen Mirza
whose debut novel, A Place for Us, was published in June by SJP for Hogarth. INTRODUCED BY Garth Greenwell author of the novel What Belongs to You, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2016. I always cringe a little when a novel is called “wise.
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R. O. Kwon
whose debut novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in July. INTRODUCED BY Celeste Ng author of two novels, most recently Little Fires Everywhere, published by Penguin Press in 2017. I first heard a snippet of R. O. Kwon’s The In
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Eyewall
It began with the chickens. They were Rhode Island Reds and I’d raised them from chicks. Though I called until my voice gave out, they’d huddled in the darkness under the house, a dim mass faintly pulsing. Fine, you ungrateful turds! I’d said before
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Severe Weather in the Sunshine State
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM GREENFIELD LAUREN Groff never wanted to live in Florida. “I mean, Florida is the biggest joke of all the states,” she says. “It is the punch line to every other state’s joke.” Nevertheless here she is: the acclaimed novelist, short
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My Past And Future Assassin
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TONY GALE ONE can make a home wherever the body finds itself at rest. I imagine this to be true always, but especially now, while taking in the large plastic novelty fish hanging high on the wall above the head of Terrance Hayes. Even
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The Tale of the Traveling Chicken
JAMES P. BLAYLOCK, one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre, is the author of more than twenty-five books, most recently the novel River’s Edge and the novella collection The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, both published by Subterranean Pr
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A Tightrope and a Safety Net
Alexandra Wladich, Stephanie Smirnov, Anne Sparkman, Billy DiMichele, and Judy Newman of Scholastic, Inc. Steve Cannon and Susan Isaacs Richard Russo Rebecca Saletan and Masha Gessen On March 28 more than five hundred people attended the annual Poets
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A Merger of Literary, Legal Minds
Having run her eponymous literary agency since 2005, in February Gillian MacKenzie joined forces with Kirsten Wolf, a publishing lawyer and the president of Wolf Literary Services, an agency providing legal consultation to other agencies, publishers,
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Recent Winners
WALT WHITMAN AWARD Emily Skaja of Cincinnati won the 2018 Walt Whitman Award for her poetry collection, Brute. She received $5,000; a six-week all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy; and publication of her book b
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The Time Is Now
Although we often associate travel writing with essays about journeys or roadtrip novels, poetry has had a long, rich history of association with travel. Many nineteenth- and twentieth-century poems explore wanderlust and faraway locales and new mode
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Some Room to Breathe
LEESA CROSS-SMITH is the author of Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018) and Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). She lives in Kentucky. QUIET books are often misread, misunderstood, or, sadly, missed altogether. If a book is labeled quiet
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The Written Image
At first glance, Nick Drnaso’s second graphic novel, Sabrina—which begins when its title character, a young woman living in Chicago, goes missing—might seem like a mystery. But after Sabrina’s disappearance is picked up by both the media and conspira
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The Infinite World
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHEL LEROY FOR LESLIE JAMISON, WHO STARTED OUT WRITING FICTION AND PUBLISHED A NOVEL EIGHT YEARS AGO, NONFICTION OFFERS A METHOD OF EXPLORING THE RICHNESS OF LIFE IN ALL ITS COMPLEXITIES, AS ILLUSTRATED IN HER NEW BOOK, THE RECOVERIN
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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
We weren’t the first people who’d gotten drunk in Iowa. We knew that. The myths of Iowa City drinking ran like subterranean rivers beneath the drinking we were doing. They surged with dreamlike tales of dysfunction: Raymond Carver and John Cheever ti
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