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Poets & Writers Magazine May/June 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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Use our Writing Contests database to find detailed information about more than 400 grants and awards for poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators. Filter by genre, deadline, 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 Francisco Aragón, Nikky Finney, Laila Lalami, and others reading from their new books. Read Michael Taeckens’s extended interview with David Canfield, the books editor of Entertainment Weekly. 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…

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editor’s note

THIS MAGAZINE IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE HARD WORK and dedication of a dynamic team of editors, who as I type this, amid the confusion and anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic, continue to write and edit articles and compile and update resources for writers from their own homes across New York City and beyond. To help us all feel a little more connected during this uncertain time, I asked each of them to share the view from their new workstations. Senior editor Dana Isokawa: “I’m putting together a blog on writing grants while sitting at my kitchen table, from which I can see my block: All the shops are closed except for the corner bodega, which has put out tulips in buckets for sale next to crates of potatoes and oranges.” Managing…

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LETTER Feedback from readers It was moving to read the conversation between two gifted writers, Natalie Diaz and Jacqueline Woodson, in “Energy” (March/April 2020). As we muddle our way through the pandemic and the fears that are interwoven with it, we should all embrace what Diaz says: “I believe language lasts. In all its violence and tenderness, it lasts and lasts. You and I are here because of how it lasts—because of story.” MATT TANGUAYAnn Arbor, Michigan I loved reading John Freeman’s “How to Live: Lessons From Last Night’s Reading” in the Writers Retreats Issue (March/April 2020). In fact, I read it twice. Freeman writes about how every event holds the possibility that someone will leave changed—even the writer. And how readings are a form of living literary history. That’s what I like about…

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the library of unpublished books

For years, manuscripts—handwritten, hunt-and-pecked, ink-smudged—have trickled in with the mail for the San Francisco Public Library’s Presidio branch. They come from aspiring authors in search of an unlikely home for their work: a library based on a book based on a library. Specifically the manuscripts are meant for the fantastic archive of unpublished books depicted in novelist Richard Brautigan’s counterculture classic The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966. But while the Presidio branch inspired The Abortion’s peculiar library—its photo graces the book’s cover, and they share the same address—the unique repository is strictly the stuff of fiction. Or, at least, it was the stuff of fiction. Today it is also a very real place located 650 miles to the north of San Francisco, in Vancouver, Washington. Known as the Brautigan Library, two…

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ALISSA GREENBERG is a writer based in Berkeley, California, who reports stories at the intersection of culture, science, business, and international affairs, with a generous dose of quirk. SARA NOVIĆ is a Deaf writer and the author of Girl at War and America Is Immigrants, both from Random House. ANNI LIU is a writer, translator, and editor with writing published or forthcoming in the Georgia Review, Two Lines, Pleiades, and Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Indiana University and works at Graywolf Press. DANA ISOKAWA is the senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. KAVITA DAS writes about culture, race, gender, and their intersections. Her first book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, was published in June 2019 (HarperCollins India).…

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“In the beginning there was the word … Persian.” Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage Books, May 2020) by Porochista Khakpour. Fourth book, first essay collection. Agent: Seth Fishman. Editor: Maria Goldverg. Publicist: Angie Venezia. “What makes a life, Sam Waxworth sometimes wondered—self or circumstance?” The Index of Self-Destructive Acts (Tin House Books, May 2020) by Christopher Beha. Fourth book, third novel. Agent: Sarah Burnes. Editor: Tony Perez. Publicist: Molly Templeton. “I am in repose, / as my wife reads a poem about war, // the last thing I need is for the tanks / to advance into my bed.” Lean Against This Late Hour (Penguin Books, April 2020) by Garous Abdolmalekian, translated from the Persian by Ahmad Nadalizadeh and Idra Novey. Eighth book, poetry collection. Agent: PJ Mark. Editor:…