Poets & Writers

Aligning Literature and the News

Source: The first box from the Alignist, which includes a book, artisanal goods, and recipes.

AAhmed was working as a daily news reporter in Washington, D.C., tracking big stories and crafting them into articles that would help her readers make sense of the world around them. Although she knew her work was important, Ahmed, thirty, grew frustrated with the nature of the news cycle—especially in an era of shocking political headlines by the minute—which often makes it difficult for readers to develop a detailed understanding of important issues. “I just felt like there

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