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Poets & Writers Magazine • Volume 49 • Issue 5
EDITOR’S Note • HOW ARE YOU BREATHING?
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An Artist’s Game of Telephone
One Page • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Literary Agents of Change
Roxane Gay’s Imprint Opens Doors
Small Press Points
Cho Flies Solo With New Agency
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
Lost in the Weeds • IN PRAISE OF WILD THINGS—IN THE GARDEN AND IN WRITING
Endless Work • THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND PLEASURESOF TRANSLATION
Entering Through the Side Door • A PATH FOR APPROACHING YOUR TRUTH IN DIFFICULT MATERIAL
Losing My Manuscript • ON ALMOST GIVING UP
THE FIELD OF STORIES • IN HER NEW MEMOIR, POET WARRIOR, PUBLISHED BY W. W. NORTON IN SEPTEMBER, U.S. POET LAUREATE JOY HARJO TRAVELS THE ROADS, RIVERS, AND RHYTHMS OF HER LIFE, TAKING READERS ON A JOURNEY ACROSS GENERATIONS AND SINGING POWERFUL LESSONS ON THE CYCLICAL NATURE OF TIME AND BECOMING.
The Wide Question • KAVEH AKBAR, THE AUTHOR OF CALLING A WOLF A WOLF, RETURNS WITH PILGRIM BELL, A COLLECTION OF POEMS THAT DISSOLVES THE BORDER BETWEEN KNOWING AND NOT KNOWING AND INTERROGATES IDEALS OF JUSTICE, THE SELF, AND THE DIVINE.
The New Nonfiction 2021
Ashley C. Ford
A DEGREE OF MY OWN
Antonia Angress • 2021 MFA in Fiction University of Minnesota in Minneapolis
Ananda Lima • 2019 MFA in Poetry Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey
Sarah Ali • 2021 MFA in Poetry University of Massachusetts in Amherst
Caroliena Cabada • 2021 MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Iowa State University in Ames
Daniel Summerhill • 2019 MFA in Poetry Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Olivia Muenz • 2021 MFA in Nonfiction Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
Joshua Nguyen • 2020 MFA in Poetry University of Mississippi in Oxford
Mant Bares • 2019 MFA in Fiction Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
WE BUILD IT OURSELVES • A ROUNDTABLE ON RACE, POWER, AND THE WRITING WORKSHOP
Agent Advice • Jade Wong-Baxter of Frances Goldin Literary Agency
Reviewers & Critics
The Nitty-Gritty • HOW TO CREATE AN AUTHOR NEWSLETTER
Advance Listening Editions • HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN AUDIO GALLEY
Deadlines • POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards. Applications and submissions for the following prizes are due shortly. Before submitting a manuscript, first visit the sponsoring organization’s website for complete...