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Katie Marya
Alice James Books (Alice James Award Editor’s Choice) There is no country for me except the body. And my mother’s body. —from “Exaltation” How it began: Oh, who knows! My lived experience. A burning desire. I know I got serious about the oldest poems
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ALISSA GREENBERG is a writer at PBS Nova and a freelance journalist reporting at the intersection of science, history, and culture. Her work has appeared in print and online at the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and more. PRISCILLA WU
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Start Dreaming A Sea of Ideas for the Year of Writing Ahead
In anticipation of a new year of writing, we asked some of our favorite authors—who also happen to be some of the most inspired and inspiring people around—to share exactly what moves them to write. The result is a veritable sea of ideas and recommen
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Conferences & Residencies
The 2023 General Artist Residency Program offers residencies of two weeks or one month during July, September, October, and November to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators at Tower View, a 350-acre historic estate in
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Courtney Faye Taylor
Graywolf Press (Cave Canem Poetry Prize) I crept to mom ’n’ pops where bells above doors snitched to mention my entrance.But I tolled them bells. I was toys to be bothered. I had made such toyish mistakes.In any Black sentence, you’d love nothing mor
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U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón
This past fall Ada Limón began her tenure as the twenty-fourth U.S. poet laureate, succeeding Joy Harjo, who served two terms. Limón’s main task during her 2022–2023 term will be to raise awareness and appreciation of poetry at a national level—a res
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Twelve Films That Put Me in the Mood to Write
1. Somewhere (2010), written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Coppola is our greatest living director. The interiors (and exteriors) of the Chateau Marmont hotel in L.A. are beautiful here. So is watching a man (Stephen Dorff) in existential trouble. A
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Twelve Ways to Create Space to Write No Matter Where You Are
1. Turn your mind inside out. One of my favorite discoveries has been dry-erase paint. I fully painted two of my office walls, and it’s where I do my first project outlines. The temporariness of it gives me permission to be messy and the space to con
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The Time Is Now
Suggested Reading: Black Women Writers at Work (Haymarket Books, January 2023) edited by Claudia Tate Originally published in 1983 by Continuum, the late Claudia Tate’s collection of interviews has long been out of print. This new edition, with a for
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Twelve Reasons You Should Keep Writing
Sometimes I forget why I should keep writing. I hope you make a list of your own. Here is mine: 1. Write for God. The cave. The envelope. 2. Write for your mother. Your father. Your friend who is sick. 3. Write for the future. Write for the past. Wri
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Twelve Paintings That Make Me Want to Write Poetry
1. Untitled (2006) by Ellen Gallagher. I encountered this untitled painting for the first time on the cover of Dawn Lundy Martin’s book Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017). I still remember submerging into the painting for the first t
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John Belk
Autumn House Press (Rising Writer Prize in Poetry) (no wrestler has ever used anAnnie Lennox song as entrymusicfor fearthe whole world might weep,splitapart at its belt, whistle itsconscience to make itself cry) —from “bar trivia: no wrestler has eve
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Recent Winners
Marilyn Nelson of Cleveland won the 2022 Wallace Stevens Award. Nelson, whose most recent collection is Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011 (Louisiana State University Press, 2012), received $100,000. The Academy’s board of chancello
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Shelley Wong
YesYes Books (Pamet River Prize) How has love brought you here? My head is heavy from the crown. —from “For the Living in the New World” How it began: After ending a decade-long queer relationship, I wrote to make sense of the heartache. I gave mysel
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Twelve Ways to Resurrect the Dead, Which Is to Say: To Write
1. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day (Chronicle Books, 2015) translated by Ogden Goelet, Raymond Faulkner, Carol A. R. Andrews, J. Daniel Gunther, James Wasserman. On not dying a second time. Nor losing your heart in the g
Poets & Writers2 min. leídosPopular Culture & Media Studies
Top tweets, Instagram posts, and other social media ephemera Proving there really is no wrong way to use Poets & Writers Magazine, as long as it’s in the service of writers, reader Leslie Lindsay (@leslielindsay1) shared an Instagram Story showcasing
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Page One
“Ramón climbed up the Coca-Cola billboard near the highway one Monday.” How to Turn Into a Bird (Tin House, December 2022) by María José Ferrada, translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer. Fifty-fifth book, second novel. Agent: Vito D’Onghia. Ed
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Rachel Mannheimer
Changes Press (Bergman Prize) A relationship is only that— the space between two shapes. A shape. —“Tempelhof” How it began: I started this book a few months after finishing my MFA at NYU. I moved out of New York City after eleven years and moved in
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Nicholas Goodly
Copper Canyon Press you ask the moon for your reflection she gives you her last breath —from “Scrying” How it began: I was compelled to write this book because I knew it had potential to speak to people in the same way that writing the poems spoke to
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Library Links to Banned Books
School and public libraries across the United States have banned books at a blistering pace in the last year amid heated political debates about whether young people should have access to certain narratives—particularly those exploring themes of quee
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Twelve (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals
1. Finger Vocal Switch. Pull your finger up and down for three high-pitched, medium, and low-vocal ranges. Pull your finger up and hold it while singing a high-pitched note, then move it up and down quickly, modulating your voice as you do so. Then w
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The Beauty of Being
THE feeling of green. Shapeshifters. Pina Bausch. These are among the sources of inspiration the poets in our eighteenth annual feature shared regarding their yearslong journeys toward the publication of their debut collections. Each of the following
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No‘u Revilla
Milkweed Editions (National Poetry Series) …we listen to grandmother talk about shedding. And for the dark pit of her mouth, we have reverence. —from “About the effects of shedding skin” How it began: Hawaiians have been writers and lovers of poetry
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Renew your commitment to writing during the new year by visiting The Time Is Now, our series of weekly writing prompts for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. While you’re there, get recommendations of the best books for writers
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Maya Salameh
University of Arkansas Press (Etel Adnan Poetry Prize) don’t makean amenablesaint. —from “How to Lazarus Yourself” How it began: I was drawn to writing this book out of a deep curiosity about our technologies, especially the ways we are creating such
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Game Changers
A FEW years ago while I was teaching at a writers conference I met a young woman who wrote poetry but was otherwise unfamiliar with the world of writing and publishing. She tracked me down one afternoon to ask the question shared by so many aspiring
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Dear Poetry
WHAT if poetry were a kind of medicine, or a salve for the problems of daily life? The thought occurred to me in 2020, a few months after the outbreak of COVID-19, which I’d been covering for the Washington Post in Berlin. Like most reporters, I inha
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Twelve Photographs That Make Me Want to Write About What It Means to Be Alive
1. Untitled photograph from Nydia Blas’s series The Girls Who Spun Gold. The heart of this photograph is a length of shiny gold fabric that covers the faces of two Black women who are seated on a couch, joining them as one magical unit despite the sp
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Twelve Tips for Collaborating With a Cat (Who Wants to Help You Write)
1. Mind-set. The first thing to know about collaborating with cats is that they don’t have owners. They have staff. You’re their staff writer. Some writers think they want total independence, but others know the value of productive constraints, assig
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