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The 5 Best Horror Comics On Shelves Right Now

10 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Some have just finished, some are ongoing: Horror comics that are hot right now which you can pick up at your local comic book store. Column by George Cotronis I rarely review or write about comics. I read a lot of them, but I find it hard to offer any significant analysis or criticism. Show More Summary

Coloring books for adults? Therapy or regression?

3 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If any additional evidence is needed that I sometimes totally fail to have my finger on the pulse of the book-buying public, the advent of coloring books for adults qualifies. That's definitely one I didn't see coming. Publishers Weekly reports...

Chicago Review’s New Gender Forum Sparks Interest in Collectively Authored ‘No Manifesto’

Over at The Message, Paul Ford highlights a recent publication, the “No Manifesto for Poetry Readings and Listservs and Magazines and ‘Open Versatile Spaces Where Cultural Production Flourishes,’ –after Yvonne Rainer,” a poem written for the Fall 2014–Winter 2015 issue of the Chicago Review’s folio on sexism and sexual assault in literary communities. If you’re […]

Letras Latinas’s Ae Hee Lee Interviews Sheila Maldonado, Author of Newly Printed one bedroom solo

At Letras Latinas Ae Hee Lee hosts longtime NYC-er, Sheila Maldonado. Maldonado’s debut poetry collection, “one-bedroom solo,” appears on bookshelves this week. Maldonado is originally from Honduras: she grew up in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. Ae Hee Lee is South Korean, but is “Peruvian by heart and memory.” She is an MFA Candidate […]

I Need an Agent for My Poetry

As some of you may have guessed, I get a lot of e-mail both at my professional and personal inboxes. I try to respond to as much as I can, but it’s occasionally an electronic tsunami that completely overwhelms me. So I was recently spring cleaning my inbox when I got an idea to start a series of posts in which I tackle recurring questions. Show More Summary

Patio Envy and Backyard DIY Projects

13 hours agoArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

We live on a hill.  There’s a privacy fence running all around the back yard, but because of said hill, we can easily see over it from our back porch and into our back neighbor’s yard.  This gave us a bird’s eye view of their project...Show More Summary

Canvases Pale: A Minstrelsy So Easily Absorbed

And so I would like to make it clear that I am going to talk about race. Again. I would like to make it clear that my writing about race, like myself, is a collection of incomplete moments in time. It is clear, too, without my needing to make it so, that I bring largely […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby Home for Sale

14 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Does anyone have $3.8 million I could borrow? News by Raine Winters Image by Steven Bababekov via The Guardian Ever wanted an inspirational place to write? Look no further, LitReactorVerse! You can now own an iconic home in which to write your bestseller … if you’re willing to shell out $3.8 million, that is. F. Show More Summary

On Camera: Tom Lutz Interviews the Legendary Nikki Giovanni!

Nikki Giovanni recently gave the keynote address at the 2015 Los Angeles Writers Conference. To tide us over until we can track that down, Los Angeles Review of Books has posted an interview with Giovanni and LARB editor Tom Lutz! Along with penning numerous poetry collections and children’s books, Giovanni is also a pioneer of […]

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

Submissions Welcome. Only one 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:...

New Diversity Fellowship at MacDowell Colony

An anonymous $200,000 gift will [hopefully] make way for greater diversity at the MacDowell Colony. The Chairman of the MacDowell Colony, Michael Chabon, announced the gift on Monday night. The fellowship is named for Charlotte Sheedy: a literary agent who represented Audre Lorde and Marilyn French. More: The MacDowell Colony’s chairman, Michael Chabon, announced a […]

Confessions of a Closeted eBook Lover

17 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

As far as book mediums go, I'm no monogamist... Column by Christopher Shultz I made a realization after a friend insisted I read Rivers of London AKA Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. She lent me her paperback copy, and after a few months of forgetfulness, I finally sat down to read it one evening. Show More Summary

The Trap of Your Comfort Zone

19 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I have been thinking a lot about how our comfort zone — that place that FEELS right — is actually a really dangerous place to dwell if you have a vision to create a meaningful body of work. The ideas I have been exploring with writers and creative professionals is whether you need to place […]

The difference between writing and writing a story

[A meditation] Today I dedicate myself to the story. It is not enough to write well. It is not enough to be called a good writer. Today I dedicate myself to: My writing serves the story. To finding the story. To understanding the difference between writing and writing a story. Today my writing serves the […]

Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author

I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol alongside lots of amazing crime authors, both traditionally published and indie authors. It was a fantastic time and I met some super people … I found myself in a number of conversations with authors who wanted to know what their publishing options were in a fast-changing market. […]

102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

You don’t have to play coy. You want to become a better writer. In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there. That’s why you’re here, right? Checking...Show More Summary

A Pairing of Surrealist Poetry and Painting

If you like surrealist poetry and painting raise your hand. Since all of our hands are up, let’s continue on to the City Lights blog where Garrett Caples writes about the current exhibition at the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco and tomorrow’s poetry reading in celebration of the painter Kurt Seligmann and photographer and poet […]

My first bribe (offered to me, not from me...)

A while back, a publisher named Austin Macauley had their lawyer send me a letter threatening legal action because (in their view, but not in mine) my post about them was actionable. I changed the wording to make it clear...

The New Yorker Profile on Paolo Javier

The New Yorker profiles poet Paolo Javier, who served as the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York, from 2010 to 2014. (The search is apparently still open for a new laureate, reports Ian Frazier.) In “Lack of Center,” Frazier gives us some background: Only two boroughs have poets laureate; Brooklyn is the other. More languages […]

5 Tips on Making You a Tough (& Better) Writer

Becoming a masochist early on – embracing the pain to the point of enjoyment - may be the single best investment an aspiring writer can make. The pain takes many shapes, all of them useful along the writer’s path. The post 5 Tips on Making You a Tough (& Better) Writer appeared first on

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