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New Home for the Backwaters Press
For more than twenty years Greg Kosmicki and a tireless crew of volunteers shaped the Backwaters Press into a well-known haven for poets and writers in Nebraska and beyond. Under Kosmicki the nonprofit press won several Nebraska Book Awards and publi
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In West Mills
I first had the privilege of reading De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s writing eight years ago, when he was a student in my undergraduate creative writing seminar at Brooklyn College. “Your dialogue is filled with vitality, and through it your characters sp
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Directory Assistance Since 1970
POETS & WRITERS IS MORE than a magazine. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving creative writers. We pay fees to writers giving readings and leading workshops, provide information and advice to authors, and help them connect with one an
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Page One
“Even in death the boys were trouble.” The Nickel Boys (Doubleday, July 2019) by Colson Whitehead. Ninth book, seventh novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Bill Thomas. Publicist: Michael Goldsmith. “Just two years shy of thirty, Patsy has nothing to
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The Travelers
In her debut novel, The Travelers, a remarkable intergenerational and international saga, Regina Porter explores the lives of two characters—James Samuel Vincent, who escapes his parents’ volatile marriage and modest Irish American background, and Ag
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Prize for Thrillers Sparks Debate
Be it Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, novels that feature violence toward women have dominated the thriller market in recent years, selling millions of copies and leading to major screen adapt
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Four Lunches And A Breakfast
IF YOU want to learn about the business of books, it helps to be hungry. Not only hungry to learn, as the expression goes, but also just plain hungry, literally—it helps to have an appetite. Or an expense account. Ideally both. Because no matter how
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The Anthologist
In 1992 editor Margaret Busby compiled Daughters of Africa, a landmark anthology of writing by women of African descent. Twenty-seven years later, Busby has put together a follow-up anthology, New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Wr
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Monday 8: 4 5 AM
■ Two eggs, scrambled; potatoes; toast; side of lox■ French toast with mascarpone cream and mixed berry jam■ Three caffe lattes BEST-LAID plans indeed. The first interview I am able to set up takes place not over lunch, as I had planned, but rather o
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Tuesday12:30 PM
■ Whitefish Croquettes: smoked whitefish, potato, tar tar sauce■ Pickled Herring Trio: canapes of pickled herring on pumpernickel■ Lower Sunny Side: eggs, sunnyside up; Gaspe nova smoked salmon, potato latkes■ Challah bread pudding: dried apricots, c
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Rescuing Lethem’s Legends
In February novelist Jonathan Lethem joined Bill Henderson, founder of the Pushcart Press, to launch a series of reissues of Lethem’s favorite forgotten books, starting with Bad Guy, a 1982 absurdist psychodrama by Rosalyn Drexler. W. W. Norton, Push
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Thursday 12: 30 PM
■ Black Cod Gui: white kimchi, chive, doenjang, gochujang, served with white rice, banchan, and seaweed soup■ Marinated Galbi: marinated prime beef short rib, served with white rice, banchan, and seaweed soup WALKING into Gaonnuri, the posh Korean re
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Small Press Points
“A poem can exist in a specific cultural or emotional moment, but it can also sustain and be revisited over and over again,” says poet Adam Deutsch, the publisher of Cooper Dillon Books (www.cooperdillon.com), a ten-year-old press dedicated to “the v
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Friday 1: 30 PM
■ Avocado egg salad sandwich: mixed greens, crispy shallots■ Cobb salad: romaine, grape tomatoes, avocado, hardboiled eggs, blue cheese■ Cajun spiced nuts: garlic, rosemary■ Diet Coke, ginger ale MY FIRST full-time job in New York, after months of fr
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Literary MagNet
In her debut essay collection, When You Learn the Alphabet (University of Iowa Press, April), Kendra Allen blends personal anecdote and cultural commentary in poems and short essays that address race, gender, and family. “I just really want readers t
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Monday 1:00 PM
■ Granny’s chopped salad: romaine, cucumber, avocado, tomato, feta, smoked salmon■ Smoked tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich■ Nishi Sencha tea, filter coffee I WAS warned that Taylor Street Baristas would be loud, and as I make my way through Gr
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Alice Quinn Bids Farewell to PSA
This summer Alice Quinn will step down as the executive director of the Poetry Society of America (PSA), a position she has held for the past eighteen years. During her tenure, the PSA launched multiple new poetry prizes, organized hundreds of events
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Dessert
TALK to an agent long enough, over a good meal, and inevitably subjects will come up that are, shall we say, sensitive. As many of these agents reminded me, this is a business of relationships—one even said it’s a business of feelings—so there are st
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The Time Is Now
Suggested Reading: Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems (Basic Books, May) by Stephanie Burt Award-winning poet and critic Stephanie Burt, who was the subject of a 2016 installment of Reviewers & Critics by Michael Taeckens, offers an ac
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Ode To A Copy Editor
COURTNEY MAUM is the author of the novels Costalegre (Tin House Books, 2019), Touch (Putnam, 2017), and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You (Touchstone, 2014); the chapbook Notes From Mexico (Cupboard Pamphlet, 2012); and the handbook Before and
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My Life in Books
JAMES P. BLAYLOCK, one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre, is the author of more than twenty-five books, most recently the novel River’s Edge and the novella collection The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, both published by Subterranean Pr
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How to Get Paid
MICHAEL BOURNE is a contributing editor of Poet & Writers Magazine. LIKE countless young writers before him, John Cusick moved to New York City, in 2007, to pursue his dream of literary stardom. Having worked for a university press in college, Cusick
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Be Bold
Ocean Vuong made his literary debut in April 2016 with Night Sky With Exit Wounds, a poetry collection that chronicles a family’s journey as refugees from Vietnam to America, where the poems’ young speaker grows up attuned to the turmoil of his famil
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Deadlines
POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of less than $1,000 that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards.
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EDITOR'S Note
ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF PUTTING TOGETHER THIS issue’s feature on literary agents, “Four Lunches and a Breakfast: What I Learned About the Book Business While Breaking Bread With Five Hungry Agents” (page 49), was transcribing the interviews that ser
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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
That night, bellydown on the hardwood, your face resting on a pillow, you asked me to scrape your back. I knelt beside you, peeled your black T-shirt over your shoulders, unhooked your bra. Having done this hundreds of times by now, my hands moved on
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Recent Winners
Leah Naomi Green of Greensboro, North Carolina, won the 2019 Walt Whitman Award for The More Extravagant Feast. She received $5,000; a six-week all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy; and publication of her book
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