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Our annual Inspiration Issue features essays on the origins of storytelling, historical fiction as an invitation to wonder, the challenges of facing difficult material on the page, taking risks in creative nonfiction, and our eleventh annual look at the year’s best debut poets; plus writing prompts for the new year, daring to discover your dangerous writing, the art of biography, questioning self-promotion, interviews with Kay Ryan and Saeed Jones, and more.

Ampersand Episode

The fifth episode of Ampersand features a preview of the new issue of the magazine, messages from Call Me Ishmael, an interview with Saeed Jones, poetry by Morgan Parker, Barry Lopez on the origins of storytelling, and more.

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Fractures Through Time: Our Eleventh Annual Look at Debut Poets

by Dana Isokawa

Special Section

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

Our eleventh annual Debut Poets roundup highlights ten of the most exciting and inspiring first books of poetry published in 2015.

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Reviewers & Critics: Michael Schaub

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

The latest installment of Reviewers & Critics features Michael Schaub, an incisive—and hilarious—literary critic and former Bookslut contributor.

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Calling Ishmael

by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

With an app, a website, and a fleet of rotary-style pay phones, the new interactive project Call Me Ishmael allows readers and book lovers to call the fabled sailor and leave him personal messages about their favorite books.  

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