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Poets & Writers Magazine January/February 2021

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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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Renew your commitment to writing by visiting The Time Is Now, our series of weekly writing prompts for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. While you’re there, get recommendations of the best books for writers and sign up to get The Time Is Now newsletter delivered to your inbox every Friday. Read the expanded versions of this year’s debut poets roundup, featuring related audio recordings, and Devon Walker-Figueroa’s interview with the Nation’s Kaveh Akbar. Listen to original recordings of authors reading from their books featured in Page One, including Mateo Askaripour, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Morgan Christie, Peter Gizzi, Rodney Gómez, Eman Quotah, and Jackie Wang. Check out Writers Recommend, the online exclusive in which we ask authors to share books, art, music, writing prompts—anything and everything that has inspired them. Read Ten Questions, our…

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WHILE WORKING ON THIS ISSUE, IN PARTICULAR THE magnificent portfolio of photos and essays offering a glimpse inside the notebooks of Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and six other brilliant (and generous) authors, I sheepishly dug up one of my own journals from a footlocker in the basement. I hadn’t thought about the journal in years, but the moment I found it I recalled the spring day I bought it at a stationery store in Milwaukee during my last year of college there. I was on a break during a workshop taught by a visiting poet who asked us to sit in a wide circle of metal folding chairs while she led us in an exquisite corpse: twenty minutes of freewriting, after which we were asked to choose our best…

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LETTERS Feedback from readers I want to tell you how moved I was by Elizabeth Wetmore’s observations in “5 Over 50” (November/December 2020) that she felt a terrible grief when she thought that her characters’ stories might not get told and that their book was the one she wanted to write. I have been working on a quartet of novels for the past six years; it’s been hard, and lately some people have suggested that I toss the work aside and go on to a new topic since, after all, many novelists discard their first attempt. When I hear that unsolicited advice I silently think that I don’t want to write novels—I want to tell this particular story. Even worse is when I get so discouraged that I myself think I should…

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grants celebrate disability culture

In October, twenty disabled artistswere announced as the first class of Disability Futures Fellows and received grants of $50,000 each, to be used in whatever way is most useful in supporting their work. The new fellowships celebrate disability culture by honoring accomplished practitioners in a wide variety of fields, including writing, theater, dance, architecture, painting, and garment making. Developed by the Ford Foundation in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative is administered by United States Artists, a national arts funding organization in Chicago. The awards are part of ongoing research conducted by, for, and with disabled practitioners to understand what they want and need from such fellowships, from accessible applications to flexible funds disbursal, because for many disabled artists a monetary award can too easily turn into a…

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M. LEONA GODIN is a writer, a performer, and an educator who is blind. Her first book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, is forthcoming from Pantheon in summer 2021. ALISSA GREENBERG is a volunteer editor at the San Quentin State Prison newspaper, San Quentin News; a staff writer at Nova on PBS; a contributing editor of Bay Nature magazine; and an occasional freelance journalist, reporting stories at the intersection of community, culture, science, and business. EMMA HINE is the author of Stay Safe, which received the 2019 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and will be published in January 2021 by Sarabande Books. DANA ISOKAWA is the senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. DEVON WALKER-FIGUEROA is the author of Philomath (Milkweed Editions, 2021), which was a National Poetry…

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“There’s nothing like a Black man on a mission.” Black Buck (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2021) by Mateo Askaripour. First book, novel. Agent: Tina Pohlman. Editor: Pilar Garcia-Brown. Publicist: Taryn Roeder. “I remember you at the helm the day you shouted / of spouts in the distance and within minutes // the giant surfaced alongside our boat— // Space animal in a shroud of baleen” Heaven Beneath (Persea Books, December 2020) by Anne Marie Macari. Fifth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Gabriel Fried. Publicist: Jonah Fried. “The only American newspapers that do not leave me in the grip of a profound physical conviction that the oxygen has been cut off from my brain tissue, very probably by an Associated Press wire, are The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Free Press,…