Poets & Writers Magazine September/October 2021

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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60 all-new writing prompts to inspire your daily writing practice from bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones and acclaimed writing instructor Natalie Goldberg. Whether you are new to establishing a writing practice or you’ve been going strong for years, the Writing Down the Bones Deck will help you focus on the details and inspire you to develop discipline, gain confidence, and break free to tell your story. With more than 1 million copies sold and translated into nineteen languages, Writing Down the Bones has inspired countless writers around the world over the last 35 years! A powerful memoir from Natalie Goldberg—the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country—sharing her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of writing and Zen. What does it take to have a long…

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For updated information about more than 260 graduate programs in creative writing, including MA and PhD programs, visit our MFA Programs database, which includes details about funding, class size, and core faculty, as well as links to profiles of alumni and more. Keep tabs on your applications to MFA programs using our free Submission Tracker. Read expanded versions of the interviews with critic Walton Muyumba and agent Catherine Cho. Listen to exclusive recordings of Nawaaz Ahmed, Eleanor Henderson, Patrick Rosal, and others reading from their new books featured in Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin. Connect with writers (and MFA applicants) on Poets & Writers Groups, the online platform where users can create and join groups in order to communicate and collaborate using free services such as chat, file sharing, and unlimited…

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editor’s note

IN THE POEM “PREPARE” BY JOY HARJO, AT THE BEGINNING of the poet laureate’s new memoir, Poet Warrior, there is a stanza that I’ve returned to nearly every day—almost like a prayer, more like a song—since I first read it in an advance proof of the book back in April. “Let go that which burdens you,” Harjo writes. “Let go any acts of unkindness or brutality / From or against you / Let go that which has burdened your family / Your community, your nation / Or disturbed your soul / Let go one breath into another.” The last line, “Let go one breath into another,” has stayed with me, and I am moved—deep inhalation—when Laura Da’, the Eastern Shawnee poet and teacher who interviewed Harjo for this issue’s cover feature,…

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LETTERS Feedback from readers Thank you for Kristen Radtke’s timely essay “The Loneliness Project: My Journey Through American Loneliness” (July/August 2021). It’s good to know that even though I’m alone here, north of nowhere, I’m not “alone.” We all struggle our way through these days—and nights—lost in a pandemic-induced epidemic. But here on the solo side of a writer’s life, I see my computer not as an adversary, but someone to turn to, communicate with, and watch words appear on his screen, as thoughts flow from my fingers. Refuge is not sought in the evening news, shouting at the world in political turmoil. Another kind of electronic device urges me to come closer, pull up a chair, power up, and make a little magic. Daylight seeps into my room, and another day…

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an artist’s game of telephone

In 2010, Nathan Langston, a multimedia artist and software engineer who had just moved from Portland, Oregon, to New York City, was lonely. He wanted to meet artists working in other genres and build a collaborative community but had no idea how to begin. Then it hit him: He could play a game of Telephone, the classic playground game in which a phrase gets whispered from person to person, inevitably changing along the way. The beauty of Telephone is that it’s simple and universal—for example, it’s known as dengon gēmu in Japanese, teléfono descompuesto in Spanish—and, in Langston’s version, gives just enough restriction to unleash creative freedom. Langston started with one fragment of poetry, gave it to an artist to translate into a new work, then took that piece, presented…

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“Like many of the ghost stories I’ve grown up with, this one needs to start with a death.” Seeing Ghosts (Grand Central Publishing, August 2021) by Kat Chow. First book, memoir. Agent: Jin Auh. Editor: Maddie Caldwell. Publicists: Matthew Ballast and Ivy Cheng. “There is no evidence that we have a special sense. Of time.” The Nick of Time (New Directions, September 2021) by Rosmarie Waldrop. Twenty-sixth book, twenty-first poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeffrey Yang. Publicist: Brittany Dennison. “or was it afterlife / gravity in the green of / scrawls against their droughts” Maroon Choreography (Duke University Press, August 2021) by fahima ife. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Ken Wissoker. Publicist: Laura Sell. “This is what comes to mind when I consider the silence: how I saved my words for…