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Posted 10.22.14

Resident Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writer
10/22/2014 - 11/12/2014
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Amazon Reaches Deal with Simon & Schuster, Atavist Books to Shutter, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.22.14

Houston art museum holds an Ekphrastic poetry competition; Interactive Fiction awards highlight text-based video games; “bad books for children”; and other news.

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Celebrity Encounters

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 10.22.14 by Writing Prompter

Is there a celebrity that you think one of your characters is destined to meet? Write a scene in which he or she has a chance encounter with this famous person. Have the two carry on a normal conversation before your character recognizes this person is a celebrity. Perhaps this star has some words of wisdom to impart to your character (or the other way around), or maybe he or she is just looking for a friend.

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The Remedy for Love

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Posted 10.22.14

Bill Roorbach's latest novel, published by Algonquin Books this month, explores the relationship between two strangers trapped in a cabin during a snowstorm. Algonquin Books is one of eleven small-press publishers featured in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Nora Ephron's Celebrity Influence, the Potential Perils of Seeking Out Your Critic, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.21.14

Lemony Snicket leads an independent bookstore initiative; Tom Hanks is published in the New Yorker; horror fiction examined; and other news.

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Amazing Facts

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 10.21.14 by Writing Prompter

Is there a simple fact that you find amazing? Think of some tidbit of knowledge that somehow altered your perspective or filled you with a new sense of wonder. It could be something very basic that changed your daily routine, or something that sparked your interest to learn about a new topic further. For example, did you know your age actually represents the number of times you have orbited around the sun? Write a poem incorporating your fact and meditate on why it fascinates you.

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What Is Literature For?

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Posted 10.21.14

"Literature is a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity." The School of Life, an organization based in London, offers four beneficial reasons to read literature and explains how reading can be therapeutic.

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Classical Lit Goes Digital, Jericho Brown’s New Collection, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.20.14

The British Library hosts a Gothic literature exhibit; Roger Moore publishes a Hollywood memoir; Heyday Books turns forty; and other news.

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Charles D'Ambrosio

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Posted 10.20.14

"As writers, it's very hard to get over the habit of being civilized." The author of Loitering, published this month by Tin House Books, shares a valuable lesson learned from a class with novelist James Salter. Read Kevin Nance's profile of D'Ambrosio in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Douglas Kearney Raps, Scats, and Grows Beautiful, Thorny Horns

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Posted 10.17.14 by RW Blogger

Poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014), examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second book, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. He has received residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others.

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