Deadline Approaches for Autumn House Press Contest

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Posted 1.23.17 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are open for the 2017 Autumn House Press Rising Writer Contest, given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who is thirty-three years old or younger. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press. Ada Limón will judge.

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Teens, Truth, and Poetry

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Posted 1.23.17 by RW Blogger

Ana Ramana has published three books of poetry and two novels, most recently her semi-autobiographical novel, Girl on Fire: An Uncommon Love Story (Wild Rose Press, 2016). She received an award from the Academy of American Poets and is the recipient of a William Stafford Fellowship. Originally from Ireland, she now lives in Mount Shasta, California, where she has been leading P&W–supported creative writing workshops for high school students.

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Rita Dove on Inaugural Poets, the Future of American Literature, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.23.17

Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty on Trump’s inauguration; Doubleday to publish Mark Twain fairytale; the modernization and politicization of Jane Austen; and other news. 

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The Heart-Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

by Melissa Febos

Special Section

Posted 1.23.17

January/February 2017

Writing about trauma is sometimes called narcissistic or “navel-gazing,” particularly for women writers. An essayist and memoirist confronts this stigma, and calls on writers to explore their personal traumas and truths—a practice that can lead to stronger writing.

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Finalists Announced for 2017 PEN Awards

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Posted 1.20.17 by Prize Reporter

PEN America announced on Wednesday the finalists for the 2017 PEN Awards. The annual awards are given for books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year. This year PEN America will award nearly $315,000 to writers, including the inaugural $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, given for a “book of extraordinary originality and lasting influence.”

The finalists are:

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Yaa Gyasi on Activism, the Racial Imaginary Institute, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.20.17

Neil Gaiman writes television adaptation of Good Omens; forty-five queer feminist books to read now; the history of inaugural poets; and other news. 

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John W. Evans Recommends...

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Posted 1.19.17

“I keep this quote by Vaclav Havel taped next to my desk: ‘Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense,..."

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Trump Team Proposes Eliminating NEA, Must-Read Books for the Women’s March, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.19.17

Pearson puts its stake in Penguin Random House up for sale; PEN Award finalists; a new browser extension encourages readers to use libraries; and other news.

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The Elephant in the Room

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 1.19.17 by Writing Prompter

One of the possible origins of the phrase “the elephant in the room,” which generally refers to a problem that is glaringly obvious but willfully ignored, is thought to be Russian writer Ivan Andreevich Krylov’s page-long 1814 fable, “

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George Saunders’s Star-Studded Audiobook, Writers on Money, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.18.17

Elizabeth Alexander on her experience as an inaugural poet; writing prompts inspired by famous authors; a literary guide to the Sundance Film Festival; and other news.

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