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A Kind of Seduction

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Maya Catherine Popa’s review, “Forever Writing from Ireland,”  appears in the September 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] When I was twelve, the thing to do, if you were twelve, was create a […]

LitReactor Community Spotlight: September 2015

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The official LitReactor community update for September 2015. Column by Nathan Scalia Aww, it's good to see you guys again. Sorry for having been away for so long. I'm ready to return as the hero you deserve, so long as you don't need...Show More Summary

New Books by Dodie Bellamy & Eileen Myles Reviewed in Beautiful Essay at Bookforum

You know it’s a good day when Dodie Bellamy and Eileen Myles are discussed in Bookforum! Lidija Haas looks at Bellamy’s newest essay collection, When the Sick Rule the World (Semiotext(e)/MIT 2015), recalling that at the start of Barf Manifesto, she invokes Myles: “Barf Manifesto” takes as its starting point another essay, “Everyday Barf,” by […]

Bookshots: 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

5 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Franzen's latest cultural criticism comes with a twist of Dickens. Review by Freddie Moore Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Purity Who wrote it? The Great American Novelist, Jonathan Franzen, whoShow More Summary

Flogometer for Jacob—would you pay to turn the page?

Submissions Welcome. 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 craft a first page that compels....

2015 October Platform Challenge: Guidelines

I’m excited to bring a new challenge to the There Are No Rules blog beginning on October 1, 2015: the 2015 October Platform Challenge! What is the 2015 October Platform Challenge? This challenge will help writers through the process of improving their writing platforms by providing one task to complete for each day of the month in October. Show More Summary

Books Received: August 2015

[Editor’s Note: Today we’re starting a new monthly series cataloging books we receive at the Poetry Foundation headquarters here in Chicago. We hope this is another useful way to survey the bounty of books published by presses both small and large. Below is a list of titles we received during the month of August.] […]

Bookshots: '$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America' by Kathryn Edin & H. Luke Schaefer

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Meticulous research and personal anecdotes reveal an often overlooked extreme poverty in America. Review by Christopher Shultz Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America Who Wrote It? Perhaps one of the most important books to appear on the shelves this year. Kathryn J. Show More Summary

'Rebel in the Rye' has found its Salinger in Nicholas Hoult

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Nicholas Hoult will take on the role of J.D. Salinger in "Rebel in the Rye", written and directed by Danny Strong. News by Emily Rose Lathrop Variety has reported that Nicholas Hoult will take on the role of reclusive author, J.D. Salinger. Show More Summary

WD Editors Are Writers Too: Meet Tyler Moss, Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest

“WD Editors Are Writers Too” gives you a sneak peek at the folks who lead the WD community—including their quirks, what inspires them and more. Today’s pick is our new Managing Editor Tyler Moss. The post WD Editors Are Writers Too: Meet Tyler Moss, Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 321

I had a different prompt in mind for today, but how many times do you get to have a 3-2-1 prompt? (The answer is once.) Plus, it’ll be like three years until the numbers are counting down like this again. Sooo… For today’s prompt, write a countdown poem. Show More Summary

Indiana University Professor Chisels Away at Eugenio Montale’s Code

This is a picture of the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning, in fact, Italian poet and writer: Eugenio Montale. Dr. David Hertz, Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, has spent much time trying to crack Montale’s coded poems, perhaps written for a forbidden (Jewish) love in the time of Mussolini. More: As a professor of comparative […]

Getting Over the Hump

10 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

There’s a carnival game I love called Roller Bowler. The objective is to propel a bowling ball over a hump on a metal track. Sounds simple, but it’s not so easy. Too little force, and you won’t make it over the hump in the first place. Too much force, and the ball will go racing over the hump, […]

Author Interview: Amanda Linsmeier, Author of Women’s Fiction Novel DITCH FLOWERS

Author Amanda Linsmeier talks about her writing process, her new novel, and writing advice in our interview. Her debut novel, DITCH FLOWERS, released September 2015. The post Author Interview: Amanda Linsmeier, Author of Women’s Fiction Novel DITCH FLOWERS appeared first on

Carl Phillips Discusses Risk and Restraint with NPR

In an interview with NPR’s Arun Roth, Carl Phillips considers the value of restraint and the possible outcomes of risk while promoting his newest book: Reconaissance. Highlights from their Q&A: On readers who bring identity politics to his work as a gay, biracial man I think of my work as being quite political but maybe […]

Haunted Amusement Park

You are exploring with a friend when you stumble upon an abandoned amusement park. You eagerly start to approach it, but as you get closer, the lights suddenly come on and the rides start to move. Do you keep going to find out what’s happening or do you run away as fast as you can? The post Haunted Amusement Park appeared first on

October Book Club Selection: 'Gun, Needle, Spoon' by Patrick O'Neil

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October's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Gun, Needle, Spoon' by Patrick O'Neil. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For October, we will be...Show More Summary

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Chinatown'

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It's considered one of the best screenplays ever written, but why? Let's explore what works (and what doesn't work) about 'Chinatown.' Column by Christopher Shultz Welcome to What Works & What Doesn't, a new monthly feature here at LitReactor,...Show More Summary

Marvel Announces ‘Guardians of Infinity’ Series

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Don’t panic; the comic will still include Groot. News by Raine Winters Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting the spin-off it deserves in Guardians of Infinity, reports GalleyCat. The new comic series by Marvel will be released on December 1st, and will feature generations’ worth of characters found in the original Guardians of the Galaxy series. Show More Summary

The Lack Of Complete Beauty

No one is completely beautiful and everyone has an ugly side.To be completely beautiful, you would have to know this and yet love everyone regardless.

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