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Our annual Inspiration Issue features essays on writing about trauma as a subversive act, finding inspiration in rejection, the art of collaboration, the importance of publishing black writers, and our twelfth annual look at the year’s best debut poets; plus writing prompts for the new year, advice from agent Anna Ghosh, an interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, information about more than a hundred contests with upcoming deadlines, and more.

Ampersand Episode

The eleventh episode of Ampersand features an interview with Colson Whitehead, author of the National Book Award–winning novel The Underground Railroad; a reading by Roxane Gay from her new story collection, Difficult Women; readings by some of our 2016 Debut Poets, including Ocean Vuong; and more.

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Shadows of Words: Our Twelfth Annual Look at Debut Poets

by Dana Isokawa

Special Section

Posted 12.14.16

January/February 2017

Our twelfth annual look at the most exciting first books of poetry published in 2016, including Look by Solmaz Sharif, Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, and eight others. 

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Writing the Self: Some Thoughts on Words and Woe

by Frank Bures

Special Section

Posted 12.14.16

January/February 2017

A writer recalls his family’s history of depression as well as his own, and explores how writing through the darkest periods can serve as inspiration.

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Dear Readers, You Are Not Alone

by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

News and Trends

Posted 12.14.16

January/February 2017

A new literary trend is gaining traction across the country: Silent Book Clubs, parties in which a group of people gather at a bar, library, or private home to read together silently.

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