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Poets & Writers Magazine March/April 2020

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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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editor’s note

HAD I BEEN ABLE TO LISTEN TO MY VOICE MAIL AN HOUR earlier, I’d like to think Robert Creeley and I would have enjoyed breakfast together on that crisp autumn morning in 2003 when he called me. After I arrived at the office, I heard the message he’d left suggesting we meet at a café near his hotel so we could chat in person for an article about writers’ correspondence I was working on. Instead I settled for a continuation of our e-mail conversation, which started a couple of years earlier, when I interviewed him for this magazine, and ended a couple of years later, when he died at the age of seventy-eight. He signed off each note with “Best as ever,” which always filled me with gratitude for the…

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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 Thank you for Sarah Ruhl’s encouraging article “Writer’s Block: Variations on a Superstition” (January/February 2020). It was perfect for a fresh start to the new roaring twenties. I had placed many of my writing projects on the back burner after allowing my writer’s block to take over. I also recall Ingmar Bergman’s advice about how you must discipline yourself to spend three hours per day writing, sitting at the same place and at the same time each day. After reading Ruhl’s article…

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at home with elizabeth bishop

We consider its lines to be the most elegant thing in Key West,” wrote poet Elizabeth Bishop to a friend upon purchasing the house at 624 White Street, where she would primarily live in Florida’s southernmost city from 1938 to 1946. During those years Bishop wrote most of North and South, her first published collection of poems, while peering out of the house’s windows and cultivating her lush tropical fruit garden. Now, after several decades of private ownership, Bishop’s former residence will become a public haven for poetry and prose. In November 2019 the Key West Literary Seminar (KWLS), a non-profit organization that runs residencies, conferences, and programming, including a thriving literary festival held every January, acquired the house and its grounds for $1.2 million. As Arlo Haskell, the executive director…

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“Thomas Wazhushk removed his thermos from his armpit and set it on the steel desk alongside his scuffed briefcase.” The Night Watchman (Harper, March 2020) by Louise Erdrich. Twenty-third book, seventeenth novel. Agent: Jin Auh. Editor: Terry Karten. Publicist: Jane Beirn. “A face as stiff as a boulder, stiff with boredom—that’s the face of an adult.” b, Book, and Me (Two Lines Press, February 2020) by Kim Sagwa, translated from the Korean by Sunhee Jeong. Third of eleven books, second of six novels. Agent: J. Jeong. Editor: CJ Evans. Publicist: Mandy Medley. “One day long ago, I looked at myself as I faced a full-length mirror and saw my image darken and soften and then seem to retreat, as though I was vanishing from the world rather than that my mind was…

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an alaska retreat for women writers

Mystery writer and Alaska native Dana Stabenow spent last summer watching cabins and a main house take shape amid a meadow of violet lupines in Homer, Alaska. The construction realized a dream several years in the making: In 2012, Stabenow decided to dedicate six of the ten acres she owns to the project of fostering women’s writing by building a new retreat set against the dramatic backdrop of the Aleutian mountain range’s snow-capped volcanoes. This April her vision comes to fruition as the Storyknife Writers Retreat opens its doors to its first group of resident writers. Situated just north of Homer’s Kachemak Bay and overlooking the arctic blues of Cook Inlet, the Storyknife Writers Retreat will provide what executive director Erin Hollowell calls “the big vista mental space” for forty-two established…

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594 ways of reading jane eyre

Last summer, University of Oxford professor Matthew Reynolds, in collaboration with an international team of more than two dozen scholars, launched Prismatic Jane Eyre, a research project that explores the relationship between Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel and its many translated versions. In comparing the hundreds of translations that have been made across the globe in the more than 150 years since the book’s publication, Reynolds and his team hope to better understand the way a source text is read, absorbed, and transformed by translators, and the ways these translations reflect the culture in which they were created. The project grew out of Reynolds’s wish to do a “collaborative, comparative close reading of several translations in different languages,” he says. This idea soon led to questions about the larger context of…