Articles

Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we present this all-poetry edition of Page One, featuring excerpts from Black Lab by David Young and Drive: The First Quartet by Lorna Dee Cervante.

More

Keeping It Short and Sweet: Postcard From New York City

by Doug Diesenhaus

Postcard

Online Only, posted 2.1.06

story2.gif

The second annual Story Prize ceremony, held at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in late January, began like most literary events in New York City—with much chattering among publishing folk, rising in volume until the lights went down and a hush descended on the room. The evening’s format was simple. The three finalists, fiction writers Jim Harrison, Maureen F. McHugh, and Patrick O’Keefe, would each read from their books and then sit for a short discussion with Larry Dark. In 2004 Dark, the former O. Henry Prize Stories series editor, launched the prize with Julie Lindsey in an effort to promote a genre they believed was underrepresented by other literary awards. The winner of the first annual prize was Edwidge Danticat for The Dew Breaker (Knopf, 2004).

More

An Interview With Fiction Writer Jay McInerney

by Mark Eleveld

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 2.1.06

mcinerney.gif

Perhaps no single book details the excesses of the 1980s—in particular the debauchery of the New York City social scene—better than Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City (Vintage Books, 1984). The author’s commercially successful debut novel was adapted into a movie, starring Michael J. Fox and Keifer Sutherland, in 1988.

More

The Politics of Fiction

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

Can political fiction matter? Stephen Elliott, the editor of Politically Inspired, an anthology published by MacAdam/Cage in 2003, and its follow-up, Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction, published by MacAdam/Cage this month, casts his vote in the “definitely yes” column.

More

Poets Move From Page to Stage

by Anna Mantzaris

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

In the second half of the twentieth century, a number of poets’ theater programs, including the Poets’ Theatre, which was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1950, and staged plays by John Ashbery, James Merrill, Frank O’Hara, and Richard Wilbur, provided venues for work written by poets for the stage. Now, a new generation of poets’ theater programs are raising their curtains for plays by poets.

More

A Cinematic Approach to Publishing

by Doug Diesenhaus

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

For those who don’t mind Hollywood versions of great literature, a new series of novels packaged with the DVD recordings of the films they inspired allows for a side-by-side comparison.

More

In Search of David Foster Wallace

by Joe Woodward

Feature

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

0601_woodwardthumb.jpg

Whether it’s a thousand-page novel, a single-paragraph story, or a footnoted essay, the elusive author always offers a complicated—and sometimes maddening—reading experience. But is there more to David Foster Wallace than words on a page?

More

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

This installment of Page One features excerpts from Parallel Play by Stephen Burt and The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis.

More

The Contester: Press Offers Refund, and Then Some

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

Joining the ranks of literary contests that have failed to yield a winner, Winnow Press is the latest sponsor to announce that the manuscripts received for their First Book Award were not up to par; they are, however, offering something of a consolation prize.

More

Q&A: Ulin Takes Critical Control in L.A.

by Timothy Schaffert

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.06

January/February 2006

At the end of his fourth week on the job as the book editor of the Los Angeles Times, Ulin spoke about his intentions for the Book Review and his responsibilities as its new editor.

More