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Poets & Writers Magazine • Volume 50 • Issue 6
EDITOR’S Note • JOY, WONDER, AND OTHER SEEDS TO SHARE
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Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Lit Mag Changes Exploitative Name
New Dictionary Seeks Public Input
Small Press Points
Giménez Takes Helm at Graywolf
TheTimeIsNow • Writing Prompts and Exercises
What We Are Carrying • MEDITATIONS ON A WRITING PRACTICE
seeds to share • IN HIS NEW ESSAY COLLECTION, INCITING JOY, PRIZE-WINNING POET AND AUTHOR ROSS GAY TURNS OUR ATTENTION TO WHAT BRINGS US TOGETHER, EXTOLLING THE PLEASURES OF COLLABORATION AND THE RECOGNITION OF WHAT CONNECTS US RATHER THAN DIVIDES US.
Ravenous With Story • IN HER THIRD NOVEL, OUR MISSING HEARTS, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CELESTE NG CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PRESSURES THAT SHAPE FAMILY DYNAMICS—THIS TIME IN A STORY SET IN A CONTEMPORARY DYSTOPIA THAT FEELS FRIGHTENINGLY FAMILIAR.
5 Over 50
David Santos Donaldson
Shareen K. Murayama
The Third Eye • Meet the Editors on the Other Side of the Desk
What to Read Now
Why So Slow?
How to Navigate the Editing Process
Don’t Forget Joy • WORKING WITH AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICIST AS A SMALL PRESS AUTHOR
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