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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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 Verb, the Relay Project, From the Fishouse, Sonora Review, Bridge, Columbia, Failbetter, and Versal. 

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The Perils of Writing Close to Home: Truth vs. Fiction

by Ginger Strand

The Literary Life

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

At no time on my book tour did I jump up and down, wave my fists, and scream, “It’s a novel! That means fiction!” At least I don’t think I did. It’s hard to be sure, because, in my head, I had that tantrum about three times daily as I traveled from town to town in southern Michigan, reading, signing books, and attending the Ann Arbor Book Festival. You see, my novel, Flight, was set in that region, where I had lived during my high school and college years.

 

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The Contester: One Editor's Take on Clean Competition

by Martin Lammon

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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Much has been written about some judges rewarding friends and former students, and I worry that a few questionable practices have detracted from the hundreds of contests that bring recognition to so many well-deserving writers. Nevertheless, there are steps that all of us—editors, judges, and writers—can take to help keep contests clean.

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Waywiser Press: The Small British Press That Publishes Big American Poets

by Steve Kronen

Special Section

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

During the last three years, some of America’s most respected poets—Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and the late Anthony Hecht, among others—have published British editions of their books with Waywiser Press, a virtually unknown publisher based in London. 

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Q&A: The Real Life of Philip Gourevitch

by Timothy Schaffert

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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From the Paris Review’s new offices in lower Manhattan, Philip Gourevitch spoke about the past and future of what Time called “the biggest ‘little magazine’ in history.”

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Water’s Leaves and Other Poems by Geoffrey Nutter and Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman.

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Q&A: C. Michael Curtis's Fiction Issues

by Timothy Schaffert

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

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C. Michael Curtis, a senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly, who is known not only for selecting award-winning short stories but also for his considerate and sensible letters of rejection to the thousands of submissions he’s read over the years, spoke about the magazine’s new approach to publishing fiction.

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Amazon Expands Search Function

by Doug Diesenhaus

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

In case anyone was wondering, the four most frequently used words in T.S. Eliot’s 1943 collection Four Quartets are “time,” “past,” “fire,” and “end.” It is this kind of information that can be found by using one of several new features recently added to Amazon.com’s “Search Inside the Book” function, launched in October 2003. 

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Myths We Live By, But Shouldn't: A Writer's Guide to Reality

by David Galef

The Practical Writer

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

Perhaps because many writers and their adherents are poorly paid and often go unrecognized, they cultivate a variety of myths—some about the creative process, others about the profession itself—to justify what they do, to cheer themselves up, to inhabit a mystique.

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Resuscitating Poetry Recitation

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

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The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation recently completed the pilot phase of a new program designed to raise the profile of poetry in high schools.

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