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Poets & Writers Magazine July/August 2020

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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United States
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English
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Poets & Writers, Inc
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Bimonthly
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maybe this is enough for now

AMONG THE UNEXPECTED BY-PRODUCTS OF THE WRITING life in quarantine—along with the fear, anxiety, and overall stress of trying to survive a global pandemic with one’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being intact—has been something resembling creator’s guilt, born of the unique combination of more time at home and the expectation, real or perceived, that we use the time productively, creatively, and in service to our writing. I suspect this expectation is similar to the one derived, even in the best of times, from social media, wherein folks post messages and images of their best selves, no matter how invented or incomplete those portrayals may be, leaving friends and followers to compare their reality to a digital illusion. (It appears that at least one of my friends has read an entire…

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reactions

LETTER Feedback from a reader William Ferris’s letter to the editor (May/June 2020) regarding the contemporary publishing world, specifically how to navigate it, struck a chord with me, perhaps because we are of the same demographic. I am a published writer of nonfiction and poetry dating back to the early 1970s. I have a proposal for the world of publishing, both public and private, born of what I think might be the impending global postpandemic downturn in literary publishing as a business—higher costs, struggling-to-survive small presses, decreasing paying readerships, etc. It behooves us, in all sectors, to think carefully about how we return to a postpandemic society. I propose we move away from the notion of writing contests. Can we reorganize around the theme of Recognition, not Competition? “$1,000 for a single…

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save indie bookstores

Writers tend to have their favorite local bookstores. The one where the staff members are mostly poets. The one with the secret reading nook in which you can sit and sample the wares. The one that sells out-of-print titles from a discount bin. The one you can’t imagine your neighborhood without. This spring, as stay-at-home orders swept the country and many such bookstores faced an uncertain financial future, best-selling novelist James Patterson partnered with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to launch Save Indie Bookstores, a campaign to support shops affected by the pandemic. The initiative, which began in early April, aimed to raise funds for direct grants to help stores stay solvent through the crisis. Reese’s Book Club, a virtual book group run by actor…

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page one

“Nothing’ll ever fix what’s broken in this town, but it would be nice if they’d at least get the dead bear out of the parking lot at Food Country.” F*ckface (Henry Holt, July 2020) by Leah Hampton. First book, story collection. Agent: Julia Kenny. Editor: Caroline Zancan. Publicist: Marian Brown. “Lenworth was back on the main road to Anchovy proper, past Long Hill’s deep ravines and its corners and its peak, and long past the canopy of trees that shaded the steep road snaking up from the coast.” Tea by the Sea (Red Hen Press, June 2020) by Donna Hemans. Second book, novel. Agent: Sha-Shana Crichton. Editor: Kate Gale. Publicist: Rachel Tarlow Gul. “We wait.” Mansour’s Eyes (Transit Books, July 2020) by Ryad Girod, translated from the French by Chris Clarke. Second…

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secrets hidden in the stacks

When University of Virginia(UVA) professor Andrew Stauffer sent his class to the library in the fall of 2009, he expected them to focus on the printed text of the books they brought back. But Stauffer and his students soon realized that was just one story being told in these volumes. While looking at nineteenth-century copies of work by Felicia Hemans, a poet wildly beloved at the time for her sentimental verse, the students were immediately drawn to everything else happening in these books: not just the expected underlining and dog-ears, but bookplates, diary entries, letters, quotes, pressed flowers, and readers’ own poetic flights of fancy. One reader had even penned an elegy for her daughter Mary, who had died at age seven. What they found in the Hemans books “opened…

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literary festivals go virtual

In the time of COVID-19 and social distancing, literary organizations face a difficult reality regarding in-person festivals and conferences. Dozens of events previously scheduled for the summer of 2020, some years in the making, have been canceled or postponed—events that typically bring together hundreds and thousands of readers, writers, and literary enthusiasts. The Squaw Valley Writers Workshops were slated to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in July and will postpone most programming until 2021, and as of this writing the ninety-fifth Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, tentatively scheduled for August, has yet to announce if it will proceed. But as stay-at-home orders swept the United States this spring, many organizers felt a more pressing need for community connection than ever before and sprung into action, reimagining their events in new, online formats. The…