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The Confessions of a Sestinas Editor

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

How did I become a sestinas editor? It all began with a rejection letter. “Thanks for sending,” it read, “but we’re looking for more traditional, iambic pentameter sestinas."

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Workshop: A Revolution of Sensibility

by Jane Ciabattari

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

From the beginning the founders of the Associated Writing Programs and other pioneers have argued that, through effective creative writing programs, students can attain lifelong skills of critical thinking, empathy for others, and an understanding of the creative process, the key to all innovation. The schools featured in this article—Knox College, Oberlin, and Sarah Lawrence—have been working to make undergraduate creative writing degrees a hallmark of their respective institutions for some time now.

 

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Home Land by Sam Lipsyte and The Celestial Jukebox by Cynthia Shearer.

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Google Ogles Print

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.05

January/February 2005

The widely used online search engine Google recently launched a new feature that allows Web users to search within pages of published books. 

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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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An Interview With Fiction Writer JT Leroy

by Litsa Dremousis

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 12.15.04

Eleven years ago, JT LeRoy was a teenager living on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, turning tricks and suffering from dissociative episodes. Today, he is a critically acclaimed author whose first two books, the novel Sarah (Bloomsbury, 2000) and the collection of short stories The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Bloomsbury, 2001), have been translated into more than a dozen languages—most recently, Turkish. His novella, Harold’s End, illustrated by renowned painter Cherry Hood, with an introduction by Dave Eggers, was recently published by Last Gasp, an independent press in San Francisco.

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An Interview With Editor Lewis Turco

by Daniel Nester

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Online Only, posted 12.15.04

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In the world of hip-hop, Lewis Turco would be considered an “Original Gangsta,” an “O.G.”—a title given to someone who started it all. In the more genteel business of poetry writing, however, Turco would be called an “Institution,” and what he started was nothing less than a renewed appreciation of poetic forms. Since its first edition in 1968, his reference book The Book of Forms has become a standard text for poets of all stripes. A cross between The Joy of Cooking and According to Hoyle for poets, Turco’s text remains a rarity: a reference book with personality. Turco’s lucid, empathetic entries on every form under the sun continue to serve many poets writing their first pantoums or settling drunken bets on the rhyme scheme of the rimas dissolutas (abcdef abcdef ghijlk ghijlk ..., if written in sestets).

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Return From Silence: An Interview With Norman Dubie

by Mary Gannon

Feature

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

After a 10-year hiatus from publishing, Norman Dubie has returned with an award-winning volume of collected and new poetry, a 400-page sci-fi poem, and his latest, Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum.

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Book Tours: Can Readings Be Fun?

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

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Cindy Dach, the events and marketing manager of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, recently launched First Fiction Tour, a program that she hopes will heighten the public image of the first-time author. But it’s not what you might expect: She isn’t packing customers into the bookstore, she’s inviting them to the bar.

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Corgan's New Gig

by Christopher Arthur

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

Last month Faber and Faber published Blinking With Fists, the first book of poems by Billy Corgan, the singer and songwriter for the defunct rock band Smashing Pumpkins. 

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