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South Windsor High School English Teacher Suspended After Exposing Students to Inappropriate Poem

Wait for it… it’s an Allen Ginsberg poem! And yet, unlike Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” which was seized by U.S. customs in 1956, resulting in the arrest of Howl and Other Poems’s publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, leading to a subsequent trial that galvanized the Beat poetry movement: the Allen Ginsberg poem that a South Windsor High School […]

Poets & Translators Tribute Tomaž Šalamun at Artforum

Artist and friend Abraham Adams leads a tribute to Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014) for Artforum. Chosen ones include Matvei Yankelevich, Ariana Reines, Purdey Lord Kreiden and Michael Thomas Taren, and John Ashbery. “The dust and stones of his poetry are here, his soul is scattered here, so no, I don’t think he is dead. That’s all […]

Bratwurst Potato Soup

2 days agoArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

The inspiration for this bratwurst potato soup is the classic cheeseburger soup (which, incidentally, I never thought tasted much like cheeseburgers).  While I was down with the flu, we ate a lot of soup, and I was desperate for something...Show More Summary

NaNoWriMo Receives $10K Grant from Pubslush Foundation

1 hour agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

NaNoWriMo is about to get that much more fabulous thanks to Pubslush. News by Raine Winters Many of those in the writing community recognize NaNoWriMo as a brilliant organization aimed at encouraging us all to do the one thing we doShow More Summary

Jacket Copy Reviews Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation

Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick’s anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015) is here! At Jacket Copy, David L. Ulin reviews the editors’s and poets’s work collected inside. From Jacket Copy: “Most poets,” Carolyn Forché writes, in the introduction to Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick’s anthology […]

What The Hell Is 'Wild Animus'?

2 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Is Rich Shapero's 'Wild Animus' the strangest and most ambitious self-publishing project of all time? Column by Peter Derk There are a few baffling items every thrift store carries. Every thrift store has a collection of crutches. Usually...Show More Summary

Emily Books, Coffee House Press’s First Imprint, is on the Way

Publishers Weekly reports that Coffee House Press is teaming up with Emily Books, Emily Gould and Ruth Curry’s “feminist publishing project,” to create an imprint that will bring books that “speak to the aesthetic excellence, experimental boldness, and social concerns of both organizations.” More: Coffee House Press is launching its first imprint in the spring […]

The New York Times Reviews Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

Sarah Manguso is the author of a number of poetry collections including The Captain Lands in Paradise and Siste Viator but in recent years she has also developed a successful career as a non-fiction writer. Her book, The Guardians, remembers a friend who was killed by a Metro-North train. (The New York Times calls it […]

New Entries

So these are some of the latest entries to win signed copies of all the I Wrote This For You books - you've still got until Sunday - details here. Sunny Day from facebook is handing out miniature versions of the books - this is ridiculously cool. Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'Aquarium' by David Vann

5 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

I will never feel the same way about goldfish again. Review by Cath Murphy Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Aquarium Who wrote it? David Vann: prize-winning author whose backlist I am currently purchasing. If...Show More Summary

Literary Classics Receive a Manga Upgrade

5 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Udon Entertainment develops Manga Classics for visual readers. News by Raine Winters Manga couldn’t be further away on the literary spectrum from classic works, but Udon Entertainment has combined the two genres anyway. In an effortShow More Summary

Los Angeles Review of Books to Launch New Literary Magazine

Now in the offing, The Offing! (We had to.) The Los Angeles Review of Books is acting as a “channel” for a new online literary magazine publishing work in all genres—even humor (nicely, they even have a nod to Dorothy Parker in the guidelines). Launching on March 16, The Offing will “[publish] work that challenges, […]

Three Awesome Things

6 hours agoArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

OMG…you can now go to your own school of wizardry!  Who’s in?  Also, who wants to write the romance of two LARPers who fall in love here?  ‘Cause I wanna read that. I haven’t got the foggiest idea what this is a commercial for, but PENGUINS...Show More Summary

18 Tips for Aspiring TV Comedy and Joke Writers

These are some strategies I’ve come up with after more than 25 years as a TV writer to break into the television industry. The post 18 Tips for Aspiring TV Comedy and Joke Writers appeared first on

Your One Wild and Precious Life

8 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” That quote from Mary Oliver has been ringing in my head this past week, ever since I got an e-mail from a writer friend– a very, very talented writer friend, who nevertheless is not writing. She’s in a dry […]

April Book Club Selection: 'Skullcrack City' by Jeremy Robert Johnson

23 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

April's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Skullcrack City' by Jeremy Robert Johnson. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For April, we will be...Show More Summary

Saed Jones, CAConrad, Rachel Zolf, Sina Queyras, & More Are Announced as 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalists!!

The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists have been announced! We can’t believe it’s been a year since these two took the cakes. Now, excitingly, the “’Lammys,’ as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions (up from 746 last year) […]

10 Questions with Ed Kurtz

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Meet Ed Kurtz, a hell of a writer with a real talent for finding honesty and humanity in darkness. Also, find out which one of his books is, apparently, the worst book one person ever read. Interview by Rob Hart Ed Kurtz is a hell of a writer. Show More Summary

The Anatomy of a Query Letter – Webinar with Kate McKean

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “The Anatomy of a Query Letter: What to Put Where, When, and Why” — instructor and literary agent Kate McKean will show you how to catch a reader's eye with a clean, precise, and interesting query letter. The post The Anatomy of a Query Letter – Webinar with Kate McKean appeared first on

Free: how to be an Amazon best-seller

I've written about this before, but I STILL see people charging for this information, so I'm going to give you the procedure for making your book a best-seller on Amazon--however, please be aware that this doesn't count for a lot...

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