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Writers Giving Back: Pass the Torch

by Catherine Wald

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.04

May/June 2004

For some writers, community service comes naturally. But for those of us who are accustomed to guarding our precious writing time with our lives, the very thought of adding another activity—no matter how worthy—is daunting. We watch in awe as fellow writers teach, mentor, and travel to remote locations to give workshops to populations ranging from the incarcerated to the homeless to senior citizens. Why do they do it? How do they find the time and emotional energy? Is it possible to serve others without neglecting one's own work? 

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Jack Kerouac Goes Back On the Road

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.04

May/June 2004

Thirty-five years after the author's death, the original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's most popular novel and other Kerouac memorabilia are back on the road. Two traveling exhibits—one of which is already under way, the other about to begin—aim to bring the Beat generation's most indelible icon to the masses.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

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 Tameme, Translation Review, Double Change, Circumference, Quick Fiction, the Paris Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Diagram, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Glut, and Bullfight: A Literary Review.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Vanishing Point by David Markson and Sky Girl by Rosemary Griggs.

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Before and After National Poetry Month

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

Thanks to muscular marketing and persistent promoting—notable traits of the Academy of American Poets—April has been established as the month to appreciate poetry. But there are other designated days and months during which everyone can celebrate creative writing, both as an art form and as yet another way to turn an average day into a holiday. 

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My Father's Garden: Tending a Literary Legacy

by Sebastian Matthews

The Literary Life

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

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Only weeks before he turned 55, my father, the poet William Matthews, delivered a manuscript of poems to Peter Davison, his longtime friend and editor at Houghton Mifflin. It turned out to be the last book he wrote. He died of a heart attack on November 12, 1997, the day after his birthday.

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Academy Rolls Out Red Carpet in April

by Mary Gannon

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

How to herald National Poetry Month, year nine? Look to the stars. That's what the Academy of American Poets will do on April 6 in New York City. 

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Story Line Press, Sarabande Books, Anon. Books, and Rain Taxi.

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Professor Palahniuk? Not Quite

by Jeff Sartain

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.04

March/April 2004

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In January, Chuck Palahniuk began teaching a free yearlong writers workshop that doesn't appear in the course listings for any college, university, or community arts center. Forget about academic credits—Palahniuk's workshop exists entirely online.

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An Interview With Poet Susan Atefat-Peckham

by Jodie Ahern

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 2.12.04

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Poet Susan Atefat-Peckham and her six-year-old son were killed in a car accident in Ghor Safi, Jordan, on February 7, 2004. A professor in the MFA program at Georgia College & State University, Atefat-Peckham was in the Middle East as a Fulbright scholar teaching creative writing at the University of Jordan. She was 33. The following Direct Quote was originally posted on October 12, 2001, following the publication of her book That Kind of Sleep.

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