Brazilian Leader’s Poetry, Margaret Atwood’s Multiple Projects, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.22.16

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch to be adapted to film; an interview with Chilean author Alejandro Zambra; book owned by Brontë sisters’ mother to go on display next year; and other news. 

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PEN Launches $75,000 Book Award

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Posted 7.21.16 by Prize Reporter

Yesterday, the New York City–based PEN American Center announced its new PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, an annual prize honoring a book in any genre that has “broken new ground and signals strong potential for lasting influence.” The winner will receive $75,000.

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Posted 7.21.16

“When I feel like my identity as a writer is threatened by my flaws, failures, and limitations of health, I can become overwhelmed by fear so profound, I..."

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Make America Read Again, Kirsten Dunst Directs The Bell Jar Film, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.21.16

The many libraries of the Czech Republic; African writers on globalization; book spine staircases; and other news.  

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All You Can Eat

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 7.21.16 by Writing Prompter

Summer eating competitions in New York earlier this month included both the long-running hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, and a kale eating contest in Buffalo. Imagine that you have to consume one type of food for a ten-minute all-you-can-eat contest—what food would you choose? Write a short essay about how you would prepare physically and psychologically, and recount your favorite memories that involve this food.

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Hong Kong Book Fair Takes on Chinese Politics, Scrivener Mobile App, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.20.16

How literary theory can help explain capitalism; CantoMundo relocates to New York City; PEN launches $75,000 book prize; and other news.

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Augmented Reality

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 7.20.16 by Writing Prompter

Over the past two weeks, the popularity of the new mobile video game Pokémon Go, which incorporates cartoon characters into the real world using GPS maps, has resulted in conversations about many related issues and consequences—from privacy and surveillance, to sore legs and outdoor exercise, to city engagement and the future of technology.

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Poetry and Comics, the Problem of Creative Influence, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.19.16

The influence of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on Mad Men; the anatomy of a best-seller; Ben-Hur update features larger roles for women characters; and other news.

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Photograph From Afar

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 7.19.16 by Writing Prompter

This week, look through some photographs you’ve taken while you were on a trip, either from recent summer travels or a long-ago vacation. To what extent does the photograph encapsulate that locale and your memories of that trip with emotional accuracy? Write a poem that explores the distance between your current self and that photograph, and between an image and a feeling or memory.

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Pride From El Barrio: Verónica Reyes on Bringing Xicana Readings to AWP

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Posted 7.18.16 by RW Blogger

Verónica Reyes is the author of Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives (Arktoi Books, 2013). She is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles. She scripts poetry for her communities: la jotería, Chicanas y Mexicanos. She has received grants and fellowships from residencies, such as the Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, North American Review, and the Minnesota Review. Currently, Reyes teaches at California State University, Los Angeles.

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