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Dear President: A Message for the Next Commander in Chief From Fifty American Poets and Writers

by Staff

Feature

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Fifty American poets and writers offer messages to the next commander in chief about what’s most important to them, and what they hope to see in the next four years.

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Reviewers & Critics: Steph Burt

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Steph Burt, acclaimed critic, poet, and Harvard professor, talks about their path to becoming a poetry critic, working as both a poet and a critic, and how the internet has greatly expanded the conversations surrounding poetry and poetics.

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Q&A: Sherrod Celebrates Amistad Press

by Dana Isokawa

News and Trends

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Tracy Sherrod, current editorial director of Amistad Press, discusses how the publisher of multicultural voices has changed over its thirty-year history, as well as the challenges it faces today.

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First Fiction 2016: Nine More Notable Debuts

by Staff

Feature

Posted 8.1.16

July/August 2016

As part of our sixteenth annual First Fiction roundup, in which five debut authors—Yaa GyasiMasande Ntshanga, Rumaan Alam, Maryse Meijer, and Imbolo Mbue—discuss their first books, we picked nine more notable debuts that fans of fiction should consider reading this summer.

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Agents & Editors: The Book Group

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

Four veteran agents talk about the business of books, the secret to a good pitch, and what authors should do in the lead-up to publication.

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Reviewers & Critics: Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

Los Angeles Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg talks MFAs, publishing optimism, and how she’s revolutionizing her new position in the shifting landscape of book reviews.

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James Patterson’s Innovative Instinct

by Jonathan Vatner

News and Trends

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

In his latest publishing venture, blockbuster novelist James Patterson has launched his “lightening-paced” novel series, BookShots, part of his ongoing efforts to support literacy and reach new readers.

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Literary MagNet

by Dana Isokawa

News and Trends

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

The newly revamped Literary MagNet highlights an author alongside the journals that have published that author’s work. This issue’s MagNet features poet Alice Notley, who takes us through five journals that first published pieces appearing in her new collection, Certain Magical Acts (Penguin, June).

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Small Press Points: Negative Capability Press

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Mobile, Alabama–based Negative Capability Press, a nonprofit publisher seeking to publish new work that embodies the Keatsian formulation that “a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason….”

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The Written Image: Robert Montgomery

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

Over the past decade, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery has created text and light installations across the world consisting of short poems made from neon, wood, and fire.

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