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Poets & Writers Magazine March/April 2019

For more than twenty years, Poets & Writers Magazine has been a trusted companion to writers who take their vocation seriously. Within its pages, our readers find provocative essays on the literary life, practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction, and conversation among fellow professionals.

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Our Conferences & Residencies database features more than two hundred writers retreats, residencies, conferences, and festivals and includes photos, fees, application deadlines, and everything else you need to know to plan your next writing adventure. Post information about when and where you will be reading next in our Literary Events Calendar. Read Michele Filgate’s exclusive Q&A with Elizabeth McCracken, whose long-awaited new novel, Bowlaway, is out now from Ecco. Stay informed with Daily News. We scan the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news writers need to know. Watch Poets & Writers Theater for daily author readings, book trailers, publishing panels, craft talks, and more. Read the expanded interviews with Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air and Cheryl A. Young of the MacDowell Colony. Listen to the new episode of Ampersand:…

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editor’s note

IN JUNE 2011, THOUGH IT SEEMS MUCH FURTHER BACK, I flew to Madison, Wisconsin, to see the novelist Sam Savage, whose third book, Glass, was due out from Coffee House Press that fall. Five years earlier his debut, Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, had made waves as one of those Cinderella stories that are irresistible to an editor like me. Having written poetry and fiction since he was a teen, Savage struggled for decades to find a publisher before quitting the writer’s life entirely at the age of fifty-five, only to start writing again five years later, after finding inspiration in the story of a rat—the protagonist of Firmin—who quotes Ford Madox Ford and James Joyce as he devours books, both literally and figuratively, in a Boston bookstore. Savage…

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TRENDING Top tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media ephemera Reactions to the cover of our last issue, featuring Hanif Abdurraqib wearing an enviable Shawn “HBK” Michaels WWE Retro Entrance jacket, was swift and enthusiastic across multiple platforms. “Holy cow, it’s @nifmuhammad. Awesome!” wrote Tyler Robert Sheldon (@bathyorographer) on Instagram. “Great cover,” added Tim Gyves (@quickstuff). On Twitter, Charlotte Abotsi (@CharlotteAbotsi) wrote, “y’all absolutely snapped with this cover,” while others inquired about the aforementioned fashion statement: “It that…a Shawn Michaels jacket?” asked Colette Arrand (@colettearrand). “Extremely good look, where’d you get it?” Meanwhile, on Facebook, Kristin Pitanza was sold on the issue: “I have to pick this up.” TRAFFIC Three of the most popular posts from pw.org 1. “Wilder Forms: Our Fourteenth Annual Look at Debut Poets” (January/February 2019) by Dana Isokawa 2. “2019 MFA Index:…

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sewanee celebrates thirty years

Every very summer for the past thirty years, dozens of writers, educators, editors, publishers, and literary agents have convened at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, for the annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The twelve-day conference offers writing workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting, as well as instruction and guidance in the editing and publishing process. This July the conference celebrates its thirtieth year, welcoming both newcomers and returning faculty and participants who view the annual journey to Sewanee as a homecoming. Founding director Wyatt Prunty, a poet whose most recent collection is Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), organized the first Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 1989. “I was teaching poetry workshops at Johns Hopkins, and I was used to seeing a lot…

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THEA PRIETO writes and edits for Portland Review, Propeller, the Gravity of the Thing, and Oregon Music News. Her website is theaprieto.com. JONATHAN VATNER is a fiction writer in Yonkers, New York. His novel, Carnegie Hill, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books in August. MAGGIE MILLNER has an MFA from New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She was previously the Diana & Simon Raab Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers Magazine. DANA ISOKAWA is the associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine.…

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“It is near the end now.” What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, March 2019) by Carolyn Forché. Fifth book, first memoir. Agent: Bill Clegg. Editor: Christopher Richards. Publicist: Sarah Hutson. “Two hours before he died, Abdel Latif al-Salim looked his son Bolbol straight in the eye with as much of his remaining strength as he could muster to extract a solemn vow and repeated his request to be buried in the cemetery of Anabiya.” Death Is Hard Work (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 2019) by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price. Fifth book, novel. Agent: Yasmina Jraissati. Editor: Jeremy Davies. Publicist: Brian Gittis. “Harriet Lee’s gingerbread is not comfort food.” Gingerbread (Riverhead Books, March 2019) by Helen Oyeyemi. Seventh book, sixth…