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Don Quixote at 400

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

I am in the middle of Don Quixote—where many writers are and, according to Cervantes scholars, where every writer should be. I’m reading it because this year marks the 400th anniversary of its publication. I would like to say that I’ve finished it, but I cannot. The Quixote, as it is affectionately referred to by die-hard fans, is not something you finish. It’s something you rattle around in.

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Q&A: Kooser's American Life in Poetry

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

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Ted Kooser, appointed the 13th poet laureate of the United States last August, launches American Life in Poetry, a weekly newspaper column featuring a poem and a brief introduction, which is distributed free to any paper wishing to publish it.

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The Written Image: Walt Whitman

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass, the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman is cosponsoring a citywide festival from March 26 (the day of Whitman’s death) to May 31 (his birthday). 

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Pinkerton’s Sister by Peter Rushforth and Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil by C.D. Wright.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 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 Diner, the Massachusetts Review, Night Train, the Women’s Review of Books, DoubleTake, the Oxford American, and Cranky Literary Journal.

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The Contester: Is There More to Contests Than Cash?

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

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The standard recompense for winning a literary contest is typically one of the following: money, publication in a literary magazine or a book, and a certain amount of recognition, but some rather unusual awards are handed out each year that don’t fall within the usual “money plus publication” category.

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Calyx Books, Graywolf Press, and nthposition press.  

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Kirkus Reviewed

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

The biweekly magazine Kirkus Reviews publishes pre-publication book reviews, offering professional opinions of approximately 5,000 titles per year. But the tables have turned on the 72-year-old publication as writers and publishers offer their own appraisals of its recent decision to charge money for some book reviews. 

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All's Fair in Poems About Love and War

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

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Despite the fluctuating aesthetics and ideologies espoused by critics, professors, and practitioners of poetry, there remain two general subjects that consistently offer poets inspiration: love and war; but with walentine’s Day just around the corner, three new anthologies of love poems are offering readers a respite from verse about violence.

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The Contester: The Long and Short of Story Awards

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

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Despite the numerous prestigious awards given to published short story authors, recent news of short fiction contest administrators and judges failing to choose a winner have left emerging writers wondering, "What about me?"

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