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Poets & Writers Magazine November - December 2015

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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Visit our Small Presses and Literary Magazines databases for detailed information, such as reading periods, editors’ advice, and submission guidelines, about nearly fifteen hundred markets for your writing. Use the Reading Tour Manager to plan and promote your upcoming author events. Simply create a tour, add and confirm your tour stops, then publish. Your events can also be added to the Literary Events Calendar, which feeds the mobile app Poets & Writers Local. Read the expanded interview with Barbara Epler of New Directions, CJ Evans of Two Lines Press, Chad Post of Open Letter Books, Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions, and Jill Schoolman of Archipelago Books; as well as the expanded conversation with Copper Canyon Press editor in chief Michael Wiegers. Listen to the fourth episode of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast,…

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editor’s note

THIS PAST LABOR DAY WEEKEND I WAS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., for the National Book Festival, where I spoke on a panel about publishing in the digital age, moderated by Geoffrey Kloske, vice president and publisher of Riverhead Books. It was a stimulating conversation (takeaway: reports of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated) with some very smart people—South African novelist Lynn Freed is particularly impressive—but the moment I’ll remember came earlier, during my walk to the convention center where the festival was held. Thousands of people streamed into the place to see celebrity authors such as Buzz Aldrin and literary giants including Claudia Rankine and Marilynne Robinson (page 36), which was great fun to witness, but what caught my attention was the family ahead of me: two young children…

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Poets & Writers Magazine welcomes feedback from its readers. Please post a comment on select articles at www.pw.org/magazine, 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. DRIVING THE POINT HOME I want to say how much I appreciated Michael Bourne’s article “Why We Write: Failure Is an Option” (September/October 2015). I so identified with his realization that he had viewed writing as an indulgence, as frivolity, when one could easily make a living with a less subjective vocation. Growing up in the Midwest, in a family of staunchly practical Germans and Scots, some of whom spent lifetimes working jobs they disliked in order to support their families, I felt a…

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catapult launches more than books

Considering the number of steps it takes for writers to turn their work into a published book, it’s no wonder that the literary world is partitioned into so many components: workshops for writers to hone their craft, literary magazines for emerging writers to share their first pieces, and both indie and mainstream presses for new and established authors to publish their books. Catapult, a new literary venture launched in September and led by a team of industry veterans—with significant financial backing—offers all of the above. “Catapult conceptually mirrors the ecosystem in which writers and creatives exist right now,” says Andy Hunter, Catapult’s publisher and the cofounder of the popular website and digital publisher Electric Literature. The new operation, headquartered in New York City with a satellite office in Portland, Oregon, evolved…

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JONATHAN VATNER is a fiction writer in Brooklyn, New York. He is the staff writer for Hue, the magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology. KEVIN NANCE is a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. Follow him on Twitter, @KevinNance1. AMANDA CALDERON has received fellowships from Poets House and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, and Words Without Borders. She lives in New York City. TRAVI S KUROWSKI is the editor of Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine (Atticus Books, 2013). His website is traviskurowski.com. KEV IN SAMPSELL is the author of This Is Between Us (Tin House, 2013) and A Common Pornography (Harper Perennial, 2010). He is the editor of the anthology Portland Noir (Akashic Books, 2009), and runs the small…

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“That day I woke up from a dream the way I always woke up: pressed against my mom’s back, my face against her and her turned away.” The Mare (Pantheon Books, November 2015) by Mary Gaitskill. Sixth book, third novel. Agent: Jin Auh. Editor: Deborah Garrison. Publicist: Michiko Clark. “I only wanted one thing on tour: to slam my hand in a door and break my fingers.” Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead Books, October 2015) by Carrie Brownstein. First book, memoir. Agent: Jud Laghi. Editor: Geoffrey Kloske. Publicist: Jynne Martin. “A drowned kingdom rises at daybreak / & we keep trudging on.” The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2015) by Yusef Komunyakaa. Seventeenth book, sixteenth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Jill McLaughlin. “Of all…