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Kimbilio Nurtures Black Writers

by Morgan Jerkins

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Now in its third year, the annual Kimbilio fiction writers retreat provides “an oasis, a sort of freeing space, where nobody has to apologize for being their black self or writing about black people.”

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Squirl App Maps Literary Hot Spots

by Rachael Hanel

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Complete with maps, relevant passages, summaries, and links to booksellers, a new app tracks the real-life places found in books, allowing readers to discover and interact with literature in a whole new way.

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A Residency of One’s Own: Navigating the Complicated Path to a Writers Retreat

by Melissa Scholes Young

Special Section

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

With some help from Virginia Woolf, an author and Bread Loaf Camargo fellow discusses the complicated decision to leave her family for a month in order to attend a retreat in Cassis, France, and the necessity of finding one’s own space to create.

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First: Rajiv Mohabir’s The Taxidermist’s Cut

by Rigoberto González

The Practical Writer

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

In another installment of First, contributing editor Rigoberto González talks with Indo-Caribbean poet Rajiv Mohabir, discussing his debut collection, and how the poet uses language as identity and resistance while “feeling trapped inside a puzzle of ancestry.”

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The Savvy Self-Publisher: Vinnie Mirchandani's The Last Polymath

by Debra W. Englander

The Practical Writer

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Can the publishing industry’s traditional business model compete with today’s marketplace? The president of a technology advisory firm and self-published author tries to answer that question through an analyst’s lens. Literary agent Cynthia Zigmund and publicist Rob Nissen weigh in.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Maylis de Kerangal’s latest novel, The Heart, translated from the French by Sam Taylor, and A. Igoni Barrett’s debut novel, Blackass, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

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Tracking Submission Managers

by Rachael Hanel

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

With submission managers like Submittable transforming the ways in which writers submit their work to publications, new online offerings like Literistic are streamlining the process even further. But could the shift to digital-only submissions have a negative impact on the culture of publishing?

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AAWW Continues the Conversation

by Arvin Temkar

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

The Asian American Writers Workshop rings in its twenty-fifth year at the forefront of the movement to diversify the publishing industry, and to provide advocacy, education, opportunity, and visibility to Asian American poets and writers.

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Q&A: Saeed Jones Feeds the Buzz

by Cat Richardson

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

BuzzFeed’s newly minted executive editor of culture discusses his new position at the media company, and his goals for the recently launched BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship.

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The Written Image: Visualization of Narrative Structure

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

In their analysis of three classic texts, two UC Berkeley Neuroscience PhD candidates created an interactive visualization of the emotional relationships between each book’s cast of characters.

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