For more than twenty years, Poets & Writers Magazine has been a trusted companion to writers who take their vocation seriously. Within its pages, our readers find provocative essays on the literary life, practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction, and conversation among fellow professionals.
EDITOR’S Note • WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION
Saving Millay’s Home
Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Lambda Literary Looks to the Future
Expanding the Audience for Books
Small Press Points
Baker Seeks Multiplicity of Voices
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
In Praise of Darkness • THE ART OF THE ESSAY IN FRAUGHT TIMES
#MeToo • CRAFTING OUR MOST DIFFICULT TRUE STORIES
Breaking the Rules • WHEN TO IGNORE GOOD ADVICE
THE POETRY OF PERSEVERANCE • IN HER FIFTH COLLECTION, THE CARRYING, PUBLISHED IN AUGUST BY MILKWEED EDITIONS, ADA LIMÓN DIGS DEEP DOWN TO THE ROOTS OF WHAT SHE SEES HAPPENING IN THE WORLD TODAY—AND SHE IS DEEPLY TROUBLED BY WHAT SHE FINDS.
Instructions On Not Giving Up
Outsiders on the Inside • SEVEN WRITERS WHO EXIST ON THE MARGINS—WOMEN OF COLOR, DISABLED WOMEN, AND QUEER WOMEN WHO HAVE NO MFAS, LITERARY AGENTS, OR INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS—HAVE FORGED THEIR OWN PATHS TO PUBLICATION. HERE’S HOW THEY DID IT.
THE GENRE OF RESISTANCE
DEBUT LITERARY NONFICTION
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOOK EDITOR • FOR AN EDITOR LIKE CAROLINE BLEEKE OF FLATIRON BOOKS, THERE’S A LOT MORE TO THE JOB THAN SIMPLY READING AND EDITING MANUSCRIPTS.
The Aha! Moment • Art Director Keith Hayes and Editor Caroline Bleeke of Flatiron Books
MFA in Mind • TWENTY QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE APPLYING
2019 MFA Index • YOUR GRADUATE RESEARCH STARTS HERE
2019 MFA Index • 158 Full-Residency Programs
2019 MFA Index • 64 Low-Residency Programs
Practice Imagining Change • A WORKSHOP MANIFESTO
The Boat We Are Building • A NEW LOW-RESIDENCY MFA PROGRAM MAKES DIVERSITY ITS MISSION
Strategic Thinking • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR WRITERS
AgentAdvice • Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency
Like the First Time • THE PERSISTENCE OF A MIDCAREER WRITER
Reviewers & Critics • SAM SACKS OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Conferences & Residencies
Your Journey Is Just Beginning