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Poets & Writers Magazine May/June 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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Use our Writing Contests database for detailed information about more than 450 grants and awards for poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators. Search by genre, prize amount, and entry fee to find the best opportunities for you and your work. Get news about the latest contest winners and upcoming deadlines, and read interviews with judges and prize administrators on G&A: The Contest Blog. Listen to exclusive recordings of Paisley Rekdal reading from her new poetry collection, Nightingale. Read Dana Isokawa’s extended interview with Meghan O’Rourke, the editor of the Yale Review. 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. Read Ten Questions, our weekly series of interviews with authors on the release of their new books. Explore…

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editor’s note

EXCUSES ARE EASY TO COME BY AT FIVE IN THE MORNING. It’s dark, for one thing. And you’re probably supercomfortable. Plus, rising at such an ungodly hour, honestly, it sort of hurts, doesn’t it? And will anyone even know, or care, if you shut off the alarm and catch a little more sleep before the day’s machinery kicks into gear? Before the dog needs walking or the kids rousing—schedules to keep, responsibilities to meet—don’t you deserve a little more rest? Seriously, why do it to yourself? If you’re a working writer you already know the answer. But that doesn’t make the 5 AM alarm any easier to hear. That is why it’s so gratifying to read Camille T. Dungy’s “Say Yes to Yourself: A Poet’s Guide to Living and Writing” (page…

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columbia university school of the arts

NONFICTION FICTION POETRY OPTION FOR JOINT COURSE OF STUDY IN LITERARY TRANSLATION FULL-TIME FACULTY NONFICTION: Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate FICTION: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Joshua Furst, Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Ben Metcalf, Orhan Pamuk, Elissa Schappell, Gary Shteyngart, Alan Ziegler POETRY: Timothy Donnelly, Dorothea Lasky, Shane McCrae, Deborah Paredez TRANSLATION: Susan Bernofsky RECENT ADJUNCT FACULTY Joshua Bennett, CA Conrad, Cynthia Cruz, Meghan Daum, Nicholas Delbanco, Jay Deshpande, David Ebershoff, Farnoosh Fathi, Alan Felsenthal, Jen George, Alan Gilbert, Aracelis Girmay, Michael Greenberg, Edith Grossman, Richard Howard, Mitchell Jackson, John Keene, Hari Kunzru, Paul La Farge, Madhu Kaza, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Lynn Melnick, Erroll McDonald, Kamila Aisha Moon, Jen Percy, Camille Rankine, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Christine Schutt, Leann Shapton, Benjamin Taylor,…

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LETTER Feedback from readers It was with great interest and pleasure that I read Jeremy Tiang’s “The Art of Translation: Many Englishes, Many Chineses” (March/April 2019). I came away very inspired and motivated. I’m fluent in French and have degrees in French and Spanish. Although I have been happily working as a librarian in a public library for close to twenty years (and will continue to do so), I’ve been yearning to get back to reading French literature and start translating it. I especially appreciated Tiang’s reference to Mireille Gansel’s Traduire comme transhumer (Translation as Transhumance), which is, of course, already on its way to me as an interlibrary loan. NATHALIE HARTY Ipswich, Massachusetts As a translator from French (mostly) and modern Greek (occasionally), I found Tiang’s “The Art of Translation” fascinating, with its exploration…

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the bookshop band

For two weeks in January and February, English singer-songwriters Beth Porter and Ben Please, who together form the Bookshop Band, traveled across the United States performing their book-inspired music in libraries and bookstores. With their two-year-old daughter, Molly, in tow—along with a cello, three ukuleles, a guitar, and several suitcases—the couple played gigs in New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and Colorado. At each stop they met dozens of American authors, booksellers, and booklovers. “America is such a huge place, and when you look at it from afar without really knowing it or experiencing it, you don’t expect to find such tight-knit communities around the bookshops,” says Please. “When you are there it has a really human scale—it’s made up of the people around you, the people you meet. There…

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DANA ISOKAWA is the associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. LATOYA JORDAN is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Twitter, @latoyadjordan. JONATHAN VATNER is a fiction writer in Yonkers, New York. His novel, Carnegie Hill, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books in August. GILA LYONS has written about feminism, mental health, and social justice for the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; Salon; Vox; Cosmopolitan; Good; and other publications. Find her on Twitter, @gilalyons, or on her website, gilalyons.com.…