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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Freeman

BY LISA FREEMAN In “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. Show More Summary

Get in Good With Goodreads

Here’s how to use the world’s biggest online reader hub to grow your audience exponentially. The post Get in Good With Goodreads appeared first on

Tomas Tranströmer, 1931–2015

We are so saddened to hear that Swedish poet and 2011 Nobel Literature laureate Tomas Tranströmer has died at the age of 83. The Independent reports: He had been nominated for the Nobel Prize every year since 1993, and finally won in 2011. The Swedish Academy said in its citation that Transtromer had received the […]

Fanny Howe Is Up for The Man Booker International Prize!

Wow! The ten authors listed as finalists for The Man Booker International Prize include beloved poet Fanny Howe! “Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The authors come from […]

Poetry Mixtape Volume VI

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist & casual historian living in San Francisco. Their first chapbook, PDF, was published by Solar Luxuriance in 2014. With Elana Chavez, they organize the Cantíl Reading Series, a decolonized safe space provided for emerging poets of color; &, with Carla Orendorff & Matt Weathers, are a founding member of strictlyyouth, […]

Giving Up the Ghost: How to Bury Dead Writing

12 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough. Column by Leah Dearborn Way back in 2008, author Mary Patrick Kavanaugh came to a horrible realization. Show More Summary

Flogometer for Rachel—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Needed--none in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you....

Abdul Ali Responds to Lucille Clifton’s Call

Abdul Ali reads at Busboys and Poets on May 17th. To prepare Washington D.C. audiences for Ali’s reading, Washington City Paper’s, Tanya Paperny reviews Abdul Ali’s debut book of poems: Trouble Sleeping. Like Lucille Clifton’s invocation “come celebrate/with me that everyday/something has tried to kill me/and has failed” Trouble Sleeping ends with a restless prayer: […]

8 Undateable Male Characters

14 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

I'll read about them, but I won't take them up on dinner. Column by Christine J. Schmidt We know that quite often the fantasy is better than the reality in most things. When it comes to stories, the ones that enthrall me follow characters that I could read about constantly, but would not necessarily want in my life. Show More Summary

The Seventh Annual NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival: March 31-April 2

It’s that time of year again! Best book event of the year! Year ye year ye! The Seventh Annual NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival is happening from Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2. If you are in New York and like yourself some small presses, you are in luck. “THE NYC/CUNY CHAPBOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE CHAPBOOK […]

It Turns Out, All You Need to do is Write a Great Book

17 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

It turns out that all you need to do is write a great book. That’s right, you can skip social media, bookstore events, publicity, giveaways, and other complicated marketing plans. All you need to do is write a great book. Then wait. Wait for an agent to find you. Oh, so I suppose you will […]

The DIY Book Tour: How to Organize a Tour Yourself

You’ve landed an agent and a publishing contract, and you’ve pumped your fist in the air like a champion. Your dream has come true. Now what? Rest on your laurels and let the publisher handle all of the promoting? Hardly. You are now...Show More Summary

K.C. Scott’s “This Is Working”

On Tuesday’s episode of Scriptnotes, we’ll be looking at K.C. Scott’s original screenplay “This Is Working,” a former Three Page Challenge entry. Listeners can download the script now so they can read it over the weekend.

RIP Richard O. Moore

From Garrett Caples at the City Lights blog, we learned the very sad news today of the death of Richard O. Moore at the age of 95. Moore was a pioneering television broadcaster and a long-time contributor to Poetry magazine, with his most recent poems appearing in this month’s issue. His latest, and only his […]

‘What Is All This Doing to Chinese Poetry?’ PRI Visits Chinese Poets of the 21st Century

For PRI’s “Soundworks,” Alina Simone visited the contemporary poetry scene in China. Simone writes that, while, in the United States, few suggest “to really understand America, read some modern poetry.” However, in China, “where it seems like everyone is writing poetry, that might be just the thing to do.” From PRI: In the US, where […]

2015 April PAD Challenge: Screening Readers

Are you ready for the 2015 April PAD Challenge? I know I am! (Check out the guidelines here.) The prompts are ready. The guest judges are confirmed (check them out here). And we have a cover design for the Poem Your Heart Out, volume 2 anthology. Show More Summary

Poetry Mixtape V

I don’t think I’ve written any poetry since 2008 that Ally Harris hasn’t edited, annotated, crossed out, or signed-off on. We were in school together at Iowa and wound up taking the same workshop all four semesters. I remember the first poem of hers I ever read had some line about the untwisting lipstick of […]

Strategic Sexual Hook-ups for “It Follows” Situations

You're going to want to pass on the curse. The smart play is to pick someone who won't die right away.


You start dating a person you met at your local grocery store. The date is going well—you've taken the person to your favorite restaurant (in which you both ordered the same unusual meal) and, it turns out, you both grew up in the same small town. Show More Summary

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart filed a class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI). The case survived various motions to dismiss, and this past February completed discovery and filed for class certification. Show More Summary

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