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Joe Hill Remembers Where He Came From (Part Two)

3 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Bestselling author Joe Hill concludes the sprawling discussion of his new book 'The Fireman', touching on his start as a writer, writing advice, and reading habits. Interview by Paul Michael Anderson Photo Credit: Shane Leonard Read part one HERE Aspiring writers are looking for a magical bullet. Show More Summary

‘The Whole Harmonium’: Paul Mariani Visits WBUR Boston

Paul Mariani visits the studios of WBUR Boston program Here and Now to discuss his new Wallace Stevens biography The Whole Harmonium. Tune in to hear Mariani discuss Stevens’s writing and to hear archival audio of Stevens reading his poetry at WBUR. A new biography of poet Wallace Stevens examines the roiling internal life that […]

Billy Collins & Christian Marclay Collaborate for T Magazine

It’s not often we land on poetry news about Billy Collins, but we’re liking this gesture from artist Christian Marclay, who has responded to a Collins poem, “Greece,” with a photograph titled “London, 2016.” “In An Artist and a Poet Explore the Passage of Time” is part of T Magazine’s ongoing series, “A Picture and […]

There Is a Television Program Called ‘Million Dollar Poem’ in Abu-Dhabi

Abu-Dhabi’s annual televised competition, Million Dollar Poem, concluded by crowning Rajih al-Hamidani of Kuwait the 2016 champion. Rajih al-Hamidani’s Nabati poem garnered five million dirham (also known as $1.36 million). Jury member Ghassan al-Khatib explains “Contrary to other peoples, poetry for the Arabs is not just an art. Show More Summary

DEADLINE JUNE 6: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

This week is your last chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published...Show More Summary

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

Submissions Invited. 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....

Hot Summer Reading: 7 Climate Fiction Titles for a Warming World

7 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Think cli-fi is all doom and gloom? Think again. The seven titles on this list are full of sexy summer sizzle and smart suspense—perfect for apocalyptic beach reading. Column by Susan DeFreitas Summer reading lists tend to figure heavily...Show More Summary

Artinfo Took Notes at Triple Canopy’s Ecstatic Prose Event

If you missed this past weekend’s Triple Canopy Ecstatic Prose event–with Hilton Als, Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, Rivka Galchen, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, Jonathon Sturgeon, and Lynne Tillman–you’re in luck. Blouin Artinfo was...Show More Summary

Invest in Yourself

10 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Would you ever not show up for work without a reason? And do this day after day? Would you drop work at the slightest excuse? Would you assign blame at the drop of the hat? Of course not. Yet this is how many people treat their creative ambitions. Their writing, their art, their craft. Instead […]

4 Tips For Creating Bad Boys & Villains Readers Will Love to Hate

As a romantic suspense author, I enjoy creating characters (both heroes and villains) that readers love to hate. Creating characters that verge on being anti-heroes is especially satisfying. Why? It makes for interesting reading andShow More Summary

Aeolian Harping: Materiality of Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction & Ecoprecarity (Part 1)

…And what if all of animated nature Be but organic Harps diversely framed, That tremble into thought, as o’er them sweeps Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the Soul of each, and God of all? —Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp” (1795; published 1796) Even as a cross-point in a network vibrating with […]

6 Game Development Lessons For Writers

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

6 writing lessons from Derek Yu and the world of game development. Column by Peter Derk When I read Spelunky by Derek Yu, the book about Yu's development of the game by the same name, I expected to be entertained, elated, and maybe a little lost at times. Show More Summary

Vox Celebrates Rosario Castellanos’s 91st Birthday

Yesterday was the birthday of feminist Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos. At Vox, learn about Castellanos’s impact on poetry and social justice. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important Mexican woman writers of the 20th century, who was born on May 25, 1925. She died in 1974. Castellanos wrote poetry, essays, short […]

From the Poetry Archives: Australian Poets

“I have a theory that Australian poetry renews itself with every generation,” wrote John Tranter in Poetry, nearly a generation ago. Tranter’s “Australian Poetry 1940–1980: A Personal View” appeared in a special October–November double issue in 1996, the first time Poetry devoted itself entirely to Australian poetry. Just as our May 2016 issue was edited with the help […]

Adrian C. Louis Named ‘Angriest Indian Poet’

Indian Country Today reports the Angriest Indian Poet Award goes to Adrian C. Louis, a poet who Sherman Alexie calls “profane, angry, and in deep love with this sad-ass world. He is the primary reason why I started to write poems.” More: Some people wonder how he’s still alive in the modern age, naked at […]

5 Writing Sheds That You'll Want To Build For Yourself

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Have you ever wanted a writing space that was completely your own, built away from all the others parts of your life? Column by Leah Dearborn Have you ever wanted a writing space that was completely your own, segmented away from allShow More Summary

Rae Armantrout’s Itself Invokes Chirality, Scientific Discourse…

At Boston Review, Rae Armantrout’s latest collection, Itself (Wesleyan, 2015), is considered “distinct from her earlier work, taking its primary inspiration from recent developments in science and invoking especially the concept of chirality, the property of an asymmetrical object whose mirror image cannot be superimposed on itself.” More from Lisa K. Perdigao: As in her […]

Behaving Badly in Publishing

I’m going to rant a little today, I’m afraid. It’s a post that I had to write, both because I care about my work “environment”, and I care about my colleagues. I’m talking about internet road rage. You know, the cyberplace where you don’t have to face the music in person so you act out […]

When It Rains, It Poems: Boston's Poetry Project

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Mass Poetry is using water repellent spray to make poems magically appear when it rains. News by Peter Derk image Just in case Piña Coladas, Shirley Manson, and yellow boots weren't enough reasons to love precipitation, Raining Poetry, Mass Poetry's newest project, brings poems to Bostonians whenever it rains. ... [Continue Reading]

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