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Poets & Writers Magazine July/August 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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2 min.
editor's note

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF PUTTING TOGETHER THIS issue’s feature on literary agents, “Four Lunches and a Breakfast: What I Learned About the Book Business While Breaking Bread With Five Hungry Agents” (page 49), was transcribing the interviews that serve as the central framework of the piece. With advances in automated transcription services such as Trint, which enables a user to upload an audio file and let the platform’s speech recognition technology do the rest, this should have been a relatively simple part of the process. And that might have been true if not for the environments in which I was recording those interviews: loud Manhattan restaurants. Consequently, accurate transcriptions required the ability to parse multiple simultaneous conversations in order to isolate the ones I’d had with the agents. Artificial…

3 min.
reactions

Poets & Writers Magazine welcomes feedback from its readers. Please post a comment on select articles at www.pw.org, e-mail editor@pw.org, or write to Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004. Letters accepted for publication may be edited for clarity and length. LETTERS Feedback from readers I cannot think of a more compelling or lucid expression of the struggle to remain connected to our writing lives than the essay “Say Yes to Yourself: A Poet’s Guide to Living and Writing” (May/June 2019) by Camille T. Dungy. Not only was her message to fellow writers insightful, inspiring, and in all ways affirming, but the virtuosity of her prose had me gasping, as I followed her personal chronicle of actually drafting the essay that we all ended up reading.…

3 min.
poetry to the people tour

For the past two years the literary nonprofit House of SpeakEasy has been bringing books to neighborhoods in and around New York City in the back of its bookmobile, a festive maroon box truck outfitted with bookshelves and movable side panels that serves as a pop-up bookstore and donation center wherever it’s parked. This June, in collaboration with storytelling organization Narrative 4, the bookmobile will undertake its longest journey yet, traveling fifteen hundred miles from New York City to New Orleans and making stops in seven states along the way. During this expedition, called the Poetry to the People Tour, representatives from House of SpeakEasy and Narrative 4 will host events and donate books to local libraries, schools, and prisons. The truck will then roll into New Orleans on the first…

1 min.
contributors

MAGGIE MILLNER is a poet and teacher from rural upstate New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and ZYZZYVA. Previously she was the Diana & Simon Raab Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers Magazine. RACHAEL HANEL is the author of We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). GILA LYONS has written about feminism, mental health, and social justice for, among other publications, the New York Times, Salon, Vox, Cosmopolitan, Good, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Find her on Twitter, @gilalyons, or on her website, gilalyons.com. JONATHAN VATNER is a fiction writer in Yonkers, New York. His novel, Carnegie Hill, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books in August. DANA I SOK AWA is the…

2 min.
new home for the backwaters press

For more than twenty years Greg Kosmicki and a tireless crew of volunteers shaped the Backwaters Press into a well-known haven for poets and writers in Nebraska and beyond. Under Kosmicki the nonprofit press won several Nebraska Book Awards and published 115 books by writers such as Lola Haskins, Denise Low, and former Nebraska State Poets William Kloefkorn and Twyla M. Hansen. So when Kosmicki decided last year to step back and focus on his own writing, he wanted to find a publisher to continue the press’s well-regarded work. Poet Kwame Dawes, editor of Prairie Schooner, suggested he talk to Donna Shear, the director of the University of Nebraska Press (UNP). When Kosmicki approached Shear, she didn’t hesitate: In March, UNP announced it had acquired the Backwaters Press as its…

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page one

“Even in death the boys were trouble.” The Nickel Boys (Doubleday, July 2019) by Colson Whitehead. Ninth book, seventh novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Bill Thomas. Publicist: Michael Goldsmith. “Just two years shy of thirty, Patsy has nothing to show for it besides the flimsy brown envelope that she uses to shade herself from the white-hot glare of the sun.” Patsy (Liveright, June 2019) by Nicole Dennis-Benn. Second book, novel. Agent: Julie Barer. Editor: Katie Adams. Publicists: Cordelia Calvert and Michael Taeckens. “When I was a boy, my father, during our weekly phone conversations, used to tell me stories about the mythical kingdom of Camelot.” Roughhouse Friday (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2019) by Jaed Coffin. Second book, memoir. Agent: Betsy Lerner. Editor: Colin Dickerman. Publicist: Chloe Texier-Rose. “the blood is red the…