Andrea Barrett Wins Rea Award

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Posted 4.29.16 by Prize Reporter

The Dungannon Foundation announced yesterday that Andrea Barrett is the winner of the 2015 Rea Award for the Short Story, which honors a U.S. or Canadian writer who has made a “significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form.” Barrett will receive $30,000.

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Awful Library Books, Whitman's Health Manifesto, and More

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University of Pittsburgh launches Center for African American Poetry and Poetics; Amazon profits go up in 2016; Fanny Howe on when a poem is finished; and other news.

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Chris McCormick Recommends...

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Posted 4.28.16

“My tricks to break through writing barriers are pretty much indistinguishable from distractions. When I’m stuck, I pick up my guitar, or I watch old..."

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Noir’s Renaissance, Poet-Novelists in Conversation, and More

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Indy 500 gets official poet; Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel optioned for television; award-winning author Jenny Diski has died; and other news

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A Matter of Taste

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 4.28.16 by Writing Prompter

Think of a work of art—a film, book, painting, or song—that has received significant critical acclaim, but that you cannot stand. That you might, in fact, hate. Write an essay exploring why this work grates against your aesthetic sensibilities. Approach this not as a hatchet job, but an honest, probing examination of the work and why you believe it falls short. Consider what your distaste may reveal about your own sense of art and what the critical praise reveals more generally about our arts culture.

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Joy Williams Wins PEN/Malamud Award

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Posted 4.27.16 by Prize Reporter

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced today that Joy Williams has won the 2016 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The annual award of $5,000 “recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction.”

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Barnes & Noble Leader Steps Down, a Call to Teach More Poetry, and More

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Most sought-after out-of-print books; Pablo Neruda reburied in Chile; writing joy in memoirs of grief; and other news. 

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I Am the Walrus

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 4.27.16 by Writing Prompter

Kevin Barry's novel Beatlebone (Doubleday, 2015) imagines John Lennon taking a mini pilgrimage to an island he's purchased off the west coast of Ireland. Led by his driver, Cornelius, they jump from one strange encounter to another as they try to avoid the paparazzi and make it to the island. Write a story in which the main character is someone famous in popular culture.

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Pirate Libraries, L.A.’s Literati Hub, and More

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From playwright to novelist; novelist Angela Flournoy’s moment; poet logic; and other news.

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Aphorisms

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 4.26.16 by Writing Prompter

In During (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), the new collection by National Book Award finalist James Richardson, there are, in addition to many wonderful poems, dozens and dozens of aphorisms (a poetic specialty of his), including gems like, “Maybe what interests me in the mirror is not myself but that person who looks so interested in me.” Try your hand at writing a handful of aphorisms, focusing on the way they use brevity and clarity to find their way into an idea.

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