Literacy Charities, World’s Greatest Storytellers, and More

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Online Only, posted 12.19.14

Painters and poets of the New York School; the year of the essay; active reading; and other news.

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Wolf in White Van

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Posted 12.19.14

"You can't say anything qualitatively about the imagination being a great and nurturing place or a dangerous and terrible place—it's all that stuff." Debut novelist and Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle talks about his book, Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction.

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Mount St. Mary's College

Jobs For Writers

Posted 12.18.14

Director: MFA in Creative Writing Program
12/18/2014 - 01/15/2015

About Mount St Mary's College: Mount St. Mary's College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. It is nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. The Mount also offers a supportive, nurturing environment for faculty and staff and prides itself on its quality working environment. Mount St.

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Eimear McBride Recommends...

Writers Recommend

Posted 12.18.14

“I never read when I get stuck, it doesn’t leave enough room to let the devil slip in. Instead, I look to other forms for the methods to resolve art’s various conundrums. Often music helps but, increasingly, I’m interested in photography and the work of the German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, particularly.

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Expensive Book Bids, a Push for Libraries to Emulate Coffee Shops, and More

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 12.18.14

Joseph Brodsky’s commencement speech; chapbooks over greeting cards; beyond the Bechdel Test; and other news.

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Stewart O'Nan

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Posted 12.18.14

"'How does it feel to be you?' That's the ultimate question for a fiction writer." The novelist speaks about his early influences and how he writes his characters. O'Nan's West of Sunset (Viking, 2015) is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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The Prince of Poets, Handwriting Advocacy, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.17.14

Too many hyphens; responding to critics; the year’s best sentences; and other news.

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Library Setting

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 12.17.14 by Writing Prompter

Jorge Luis Borges once said, “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” Libraries are fascinating places, full of knowledge and mystery. Think of a library you’ve been to in the past. It could be the local library you went to as a kid to look at picture books, or a library you visited once to kill time. Take this library and use it as the setting for the beginning of a new story. Consider the librarian on duty, the regulars, the dark corners, and old books with strange, scribbled notes. What brings people to this library? What are they trying to find?

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Boy in a Whalebone Corset

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Posted 12.17.14

Saeed Jones recites a poem from his poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press, 2014), at the Dodge Poetry Festival in October. Jones is one of the debut poets featured in "Breaking Into the Silence" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Literary MagNet

by Travis Kurowski

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue’s MagNet features Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, Gigantic, and Parallax.

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