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RIP Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

This morning we were deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joanne Kyger, a poet whose writing, teaching, and presence in the world helped give shape to the writing of generations of poets. SF Gate reports: Joanne Kyger, a leading poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the […]

The Day Coca-Cola Caught on to Frank O’Hara

The Coca-Cola Company has finally gotten wind of Frank O’Hara’s “Having a Coke With You,” and is in the midst of using the poem for promotional purposes. Writes Andrew Epstein at Locus Solus: “As part of [an ongoing series called ‘Stories,’] Coke posted this new story by Jac Kuntz that provides Coke fans with an […]

8 Reasons to Avoid the Novel and Focus on Short Stories

4 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Are you an aspiring author just beginning their journey? You think you're ready to take on the novel? You very well might be, but we've got eight reasons why you should hold off on that. Column by Brandon Tietz I was twenty when I started writing seriously. Show More Summary

Color Pieces: Reviewing Mary Ruefle’s Private Property

Scout Poetry does its anonymous-review-shuffle for Mary Ruefle’s Private Property (Wave, 2016), the title essay of which “collapses the boundaries between the personal, political, and metaphysical.” More: The book contains 41 prose pieces of varying lengths and style. Show More Summary

The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests on Twitter

The popularity of online writing contests on Twitter has exploded—and it’s time to take advantage of this unique way of making connections with agents and editors. Here are some important benefits of pitching your writing on Twitter. The post The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests on Twitter appeared first on

Writing through the Soggy, Infuriating, Anxiety-Inducing Middle

6 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I’ve just blasted through the first act of my new work in progress. It was like falling in love again, my passion ablaze for this new subject and new characters. My fingers flew over the keys and the exhilaration of creating had me in its grip—until I got THERE. You know the “there” I’m talking […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s that again–time to start prepping for the 10th annual April PAD Challenge. That’s right! How we’ve done it has changed, but one thing is for certain: We’ve been poeming daily in April for 10 years! In a little over a week, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Show More Summary

Can Changing Your Book Covers Really Help You Sell More Books?

One of the best things about being an indie author is the ability to change things over time.  It’s important because no one starts out with all the answers, and we all figure who we are and what our books mean along the author journey. I retitled and re-covered my first three books, and I’ve changed […]

At BOMB, Gillie Collins Reviews Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas

In her recent BOMB review, Gillie Collins remarks on Layli Long Soldier’s use of wordplay to connote (and complicate) dissent. Long Soldier’s debut poetry collection, Whereas, responds to centuries of enslavement and neglect imposed on Native American communities by American oppressors. Her book is written in English, but Collins observes that even Long Soldier’s poem […]

Why the Fµ¢% Not? Thoughts on Profanity for Writers

23 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Whether we’re drafting, networking, tweeting, or teaching, writers have to decide on a level of profanity – even if that decision is subconscious. What should writers consider, and how do we choose? Column by Annie Neugebauer Writers, by trade, deal in words. Show More Summary

Flogometer 1015 for E.J.—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions sought.Get fresh eyes on your opening page. Submission directions below. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note:...

Jeff Alessandrelli Makes Headlines in Omaha

He’s relocated to Omaha, Nebraska but he’s still living the dream. Jeff Alessandrelli, the man behind Fonograf Editions is in the news again. This time, he’s the subject of a profile in the Omaha World-Herald. Alessandrelli started Fonograf Editions with Eileen Myles’s LP Aloha/irish trees, a collection of poems written and recorded for vinyl. Rae […]

5 Reasons Fellow Writers Are Essential to Your Writing Life

So what can fellow writers offer you, really, that your existing network of well-meaning family, friends and coworkers cannot? Here are five key elements to consider as you build of your network of writing friends. The post 5 Reasons Fellow Writers Are Essential to Your Writing Life appeared first on

Ian Dreiblatt Reviews Lewis Freedman’s Residual Synonyms for the Name of God

Poet, critic, and translator Ian Dreiblatt reviews Lewis Freedman’s Residual Synonyms for the Name of God (Ugly Duckling, 2016) for Music & Literature. “Faced with the instability of self wrought by our crisis of infinite screens, Synonyms offers to replace it not with stability, but with a different instability, a holy one.” More: Hyperactivated and […]

9 Imaginary Gizmos For Writers Someone Needs To Hurry Up And Invent Already

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Technology has come a long way. But what about technology for writers? It's 2017. We want our piece of the action. Column by Peter Derk Most writers are of the opinion that the last thing we need is another gizmo. Another screen, another device, another drain on our time. But I think most writers are being a tad narrow-minded. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 389

Yesterday, I finally released the 2016 April PAD Challenge Results. Tomorrow, I’ll release the guidelines for the 2017 April PAD Challenge. But first, I know some people have been having trouble posting comments to the site. If you have...Show More Summary

‘Yes We Scan’: Michael Geist Defends Concordia’s Poetry Scans

In his article, “Yes We Scan: Why Concordia Should Not Shelve Its Book Scanner,” Michael Geist, an expert in technology law, argues that Concordia University’s poetry center should not be forced to stop scanning poetry books for distribution on the internet. We reported on an initial response to the poetry center’s debacle, in which Globe […]

Fresh Starts–spring cleaning for your creativity

  Spring! Outside my window, a blue jay is trumpeting his presence. A herd of pigeons and finches are gathered around the tree with the bird feeders, chattering and gossiping in voices so collectively loud that once a repairman in my house covered his ears in protest. The windows are open to the breezes because […]

2016 April PAD Challenge: Results

Okay, long overdue, but here they are: the 2016 April PAD Challenge results post. We tried a new method of narrowing down the poems via e-mail submissions, and well, then we changed e-mail platforms. So reading the poems was not as smooth as I was hoping, but that’s okay. Show More Summary

Hyperallergic Encounters Adjua Greaves

Adjua Greaves’s performative poetic practice is the subject of an article by Louis Bury at Hyperallergic. Greaves, “an information artist making relational work in New York City” (from her website), practices a type of live revision, questioning and correcting herself before continuing with her performance. Bury draws parallels between Greaves and the poet David Antin. […]

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