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Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks In Form: An Interview with Peter Kahn

In writing about the formal innovations of Terrance Hayes here on The Kenyon Review blog, I noted the soon-forthcoming The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. This wasn’t the first time I’d… Continue readin...

IPAF longlist

They've announced the longlist (and the judges, only revealed now) for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction -- sixteen novels selected from 186 entries from 19 countries. Several of the longlisted authors have had previous...Show More Summary

Viet Nam Literature Association Awards

They've announced the winners of the 2016 Viet Nam Literature Association Awards; see, for example, the VietNamNet Bridge report, VN writers, poets, translator win 2016 literature awards. The novel award went to M?a ?? ('Red Rain'), by Chu Lai; the best translation was Nguyen Chi Hoan's of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

New Asymptote

The January issue of Asymptote is now up, and there's just an incredible variety and amount of material for you to enjoy. Go look for yourselves -- and free up a couple of hours so you can check it all out.

Obama book Q & A

American president Obama has been giving any number of exit-interviews, and now there's also an agreeably bookish one with The New York Times' book reviewer Michiko Kakutani. They wrote this up in article form, but of course the Q &Show More Summary

Inheritance from Mother review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mizumura Minae's Inheritance from Mother. This is only coming out in May, from Other Press, but, sorry, I couldn't resist. A lot about this that I didn't like, but it'sShow More Summary

Links & Reviews

- This week's Sotheby's sale of a remarkable collection of Hamilton manuscripts garnered a NYTimes report and a Fine Books Blog post by Rebecca Rego Barry.- The BPL has digitized their copy of Moxon's Mechanick Exercises (1683).- Over...Show More Summary

William James Teaches You to Believe

For the third and latest installment of my column over at Literary Hub, I went to the American philosopher William James for a little inspiration amid a very depressing political moment for this country. James wrote was is probably the best American philosophical essay on why you should have faith in things, and it has Continue Reading

“Unstitched States”

The word “collaborate” has carried different meanings since the word emerged in the nineteenth century: from its more common connotation (“to work together”) to a lesser-known association in the mid-twentieth… Continue reading ?

A Neglected South American Masterpiece

“Zama,” a brief, indelible novel by the Argentinean writer Antonio Di Benedetto, is a work of waiting—of enforced lassitude, excruciated anticipation, and final frustration. The story of a man holding out for deliverance from the backwater...Show More Summary

This Week in Fiction: Elif Batuman on Writing Fiction vs. Nonfiction

“Constructed Worlds,” which appears in this week’s issue, describes a young Turkish-American woman’s first few months as a freshman at Harvard, in the mid-nineties. Does it draw on your own experiences as a Harvard student?

Literary magazines in ... India

In the Hindustan Times Manoj Sharma finds A host of new digital literary magazines are giving a boost to India's literary magazine culture. Among the magazines mentioned and discussed are: The Bangalore Review The Bombay Review Mithila Review Biblio The Little Magazine Muse India Worth checking out !

(Self-)publishing success in ... India

At Kanishka Gupta reports that While you weren't looking (or reading), Savi Sharma sold 100,000 copies of her romance -- 'India's first woman writer of mass market fiction to cross that mark'. Originally self-published -- before Westland picked it up -- her Everyone Has A Story has proven to be an enormous success; get your copy at or

Failed Ideas: My Brunch Line Column

Again, for the sake of education, I’d like to share another pitch that went nowhere. The road to hell might be paved with good intentions, but the tiny successes of… Continue reading ?

An Open Letter from the Only Poet on the Professor Watchlist

Dear Charlie Kirk, Founder of Turning Point USA: It’s not every day that an American poet can address someone who thinks he is dangerous. For that alone I should thank… Continue reading ?

Russian PEN Centre

The worldwide PEN centres admirably work: "to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world", and their regional centres lead the local way -- unless they don't: as widely noted, things seem to have gone southShow More Summary

Bodies of Summer review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Martin Felipe Castagnet's Bodies of Summer, a fun little bit of speculative fiction, just out from Dalkey Archive Press.

Innovation in Conversation: Part II

In my last post, I segued from thinking about Terrance Hayes’s formal innovation to thinking about other poets’ formal innovations (and the possible conversations or influences therein), spending time with Randall Mann’s “Straight… Continue reading ?

The Loneliness of the Subway Nap

For several years, I lived a few blocks from Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn. My morning commute was full of shift-tired nurses and bleary-eyed, freshly bandaged patients who’d spent the night waiting in a crowded emergency room.Show More Summary

Dubravka Ugreši? Q & A

At KGOU, in their World Views programme, Suzette Grillot has a Q & A with Author Dubravka Ugresic On Literature And Her Life In Exile. Ugreši? recently won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and many of her works are under review at the complete review.

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