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A New Home for Hugo House
The Seattle literary arts organization Hugo House once made its home in a ramshackle two-story building with peeling paint outside and a yellow bucket to catch leaking rainwater inside. But with a growing number of visitors each year, the house could
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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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At The Center Of Hip-Hop And Poetry
What began as a hashtag to celebrate black womanhood, Black Girl Magic quickly leapt off social media streams and into the lexicon of writers, politicians, celebrities, and activists. What is Black Girl Magic? No two people will define it the same, b
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Recent Winners
Ruth Madievsky of Los Angeles won the 2017 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “Wormhole.” She received $1,000, and her poem was published in American Poetry Review. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poem by a poet under the
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Small Press Points
To put it in Hollywood terms,” says Bottlecap Press (bottlecap.press) founder and editor C. A. Mullins, “we think of ourselves more as producers than directors.” Established in Skagway, Alaska, in 2014, the self-described “millennial publishing outfi
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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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Literary MagNet
In Pardon My Heart, Marcus Jackson’s second poetry collection, the speaker finds many kinds of love—love that is joyful, but also love that is complicated by economic hardship, race, and time. Jackson started many of the poems in blank verse or as Sh
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Partners in Rhyme
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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Kulka Curates America’s Library
In November the Library of America (LOA), the nonprofit publisher of classic American literature, named John Kulka its new editorial director. Succeeding longtime editor in chief Geoffrey O’Brien, who retired at the end of 2017, Kulka previously work
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The Time Is Now
Suggested Reading: Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life (Coffee House Press, April) by Jenny Boully Unlike most craft books, this collection of lyric essays about the experiences at the intersection of lived life and literary life is not p
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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
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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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The Love Of Labor, The Labor Of Love
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM EWING HER reputation as a prolific writer, dynamic editor, and supportive literary citizen has made Carmen Giménez Smith a notable figure in contemporary American letters. She calls herself a “Latinx feminista,” a designation that
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WHEN I WAS A KID, GROWING UP ON A FARM IN WISCONSIN, my chores included collecting the household trash on Saturdays and disposing of it in the “burn barrel” behind the corncrib. This was years before recycling programs, during a time when, I shudder
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Prize Advice
ASSESS THE SPONSOR. Are you familiar with the work of the nonprofit organization or arts council or magazine or press that runs the contest? If not, you know what we’re going to say: Do your research. Find out more about that nonprofit’s mission, or
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Poets & Writers Magazine welcomes feedback from its readers. Please post a comment on select articles at www.pw.org, e-mail editor@pw.org, or write to Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004. Letters accepted
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Anatomy of Awards
Grants & Awards, which includes information about upcoming deadlines for contests open to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators, as well as news of recent winners, has been a hallmark of every issue of this magazine for
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A Revolution in Listening
In 1952 in New York City, Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney recorded Dylan Thomas reciting a few of his poems, including the famous villanelle “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Released on vinyl later that year, the recording offered a rare
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Two More Weeks to Submit!
YOU’VE just finished polishing your story, essay, or poem. The contest deadline is just a few days away. You’ve reread the guidelines and double-checked your manuscript to make sure you’ve followed them perfectly. After paying the twenty-five-dollar
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Listen Up!
MICHAEL BOURNE is a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. FOR nearly thirty years Chris Lynch, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio, has had a front-row seat for the audiobook revolution. In 1989, when Lynch first joined Simon
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Page One
“By some concoction of sugar, prescription painkillers, rancor, and cocaine, my father, Gregory Pardlo, Sr., began killing himself after my parents separated in 2007.” Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, April 2018) by Gr
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Reviewers & Critics
MICHAEL TAECKENS has worked in the publishing business since 1995. He is a cofounder of Broadside: Expert Literary PR (broadsidepr.com). LAILA Lalami is well known for her extraordinary fiction; she is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerou
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Literary MagNet
In her debut essay collection, Homing Instincts, Dionisia Morales takes on ideas of place and home. Framed by the day-to-day of Morales’s life—rock climbing, travel, pregnancy, moving from New York City to Oregon—the essays weave together research an
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Two- to eight-week residencies from November through May for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Residents are provided with lodging, studio space, and meals. Next deadline: Augu
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Sarah Browning Splits This Rock
Ten years ago, Sarah Browning and a group of fellow poets founded Split This Rock, a literary nonprofit that works at the intersection of poetry and political activism and hosts the biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Wit
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Fine Arts Work Center
Seven-month residencies from October 1 through April 30 for poets and fiction writers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Residents are provided with lodging, studio space, and a $750 monthly stipend. Next deadline: December 1. Fine Arts Wor
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Writing Prompts and Exercises
Suggested Reading: A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry (W. W. Norton, February 2018) by Gregory Orr The author of a dozen books of poetry as well as three books about poetry, including Poetry as Survival (University of Georgia Press, 2002), Orr de
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