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The Art of Reading John Berryman: Waking Up in The Dream Songs

by Jay Baron Nicorvo

The Literary Life

Posted 1.30.15

January/February 2015

A personal and in-depth look at the life and poetry of John Berryman, with particular focus on The Dream Songs—from the lasting impact of his father’s death to questions of racism and misogyny and, finally, to Berryman’s own tragic end.

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Launching a Best-Seller Without Selling Your Soul: The Rewards of Self-Promotion

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore and Dan Blank

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.21.15

November/December 2014

Through blogging, social media, newsletters, and book giveaways, a novelist teams up with the founder of WeGrowMedia to market her book—and show how making a personal connection with readers can go a long way towards making a book a best-seller.

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Reviewers & Critics: Dwight Garner of the New York Times

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.15.15

January/February 2015

In the inaugural installment of our new feature, Reviewers & Critics, New York Times book reviewer Dwight Garner talks about his experience as a critic—the required credentials (or lack thereof), how to cut through the hype, the role of negative reviews, and more.

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The Written Image: Sorted Books

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

In her Sorted Books project, Nina Katchadourian arranges books from libraries—including William S. Burroughs’s personal collection, as well as those housed in museums and galleries across the country, to find a kind of poetry in the spines.

 

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Muradov's Accidental Inspiration

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.

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Small Press Points: Manic D Press

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the San Francisco–based Manic D Press, which publishes a broad array of books by authors who would otherwise be, as editor Jennifer Joseph says, “shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for their lack of commercial viability.”

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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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Hurston/Wright Foundation Turns 25

by Stacia Brown

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Amidst questions of racial diversity in the publishing industry, the Hurston/Wright foundation continues its outstanding support of African American writers, promising a brighter outlook for the state of writing in America.

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National Poetry Series Ups the Ante

by Joanna Scutts

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

With help from the Lannan Foundation, one of America’s most prestigious poetry prizes has survived the threat of shutting its doors, instead increasing its monetary award tenfold.

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Typewriters in the 21st Century

by Rachel Lieff Axelbank

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Innovations like the USB Typewriter, Hanx Writer, Hemingwrite, and Typing Writer are giving new life to the classic typewriter by updating it for the digital world.

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