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“Honesty with yourself is a prerequisite.” Ivy Givens of @MarinerBooks discusses the give and take between an editor and a writer in today’s Agents & Editors Recommend. Read more: at.pw.org/AERGivens
Listen to translator @pdlayne and author Olivia Wenzel read from the first section of Wenzel’s novel, 1,000 Coils of Fear (@CatapultStory), in English and German for our latest #PageOneAudio. Sound effects included! at.pw.org/WenzelLayneP1
#ClipOfTheDay: “One of the things we must do as poets is certainly to answer the most important question: What does it mean to be human?” says Sonia Sanchez, recipient of the 2022 #JacksonPoetryPrize, in this recorded virtual celebration. at.pw.org/JacksonPrizeSa…
#PWPoetryPrompt: Amidst the celebrations, the Fourth of July has also become a reminder of what it means to uphold human rights. Write a poem reflecting on celebrating the country you grew up in. What symbolism comes to mind with your memories? at.pw.org/IndependenceDay
#FromTheArchive: “A few times per novel, I do like to advertise roles as if they’re job vacancies and see if anyone in my dormitory of unemployed previous characters would like the job.” —David Mitchell, May/June 2006
“Life and stories about life resist neat packaging; it is perhaps this push to resolve unresolvable feelings and situations that leads to characters acting out in unexpected ways.” @paigeclark discusses She Is Haunted with @ficnovelist (YZ Chin): at.pw.org/PaigeClark
There is no country for me except the body. And my mother’s body. – @katiemarya13 (MFA '17) read “Exaltation” from her poetry collection, SUGAR WORK (@AliceJamesBooks), for the @poetswritersinc #PageOneAudio. Listen: at.pw.org/MaryaP1
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@bournewriter @poetswritersinc Congratulations! As a writer who has—sans agent—placed a dozen books with university and small presses (including Regal House), I truly appreciated your article. One of my books even ended up in P&W's Page One column this year! There are many paths to publishing. #writinglife
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when @poetswritersinc invited me to write this micro essay for their Writers Recommend series—i didn’t realize it would be out in the 25th year of “The God of Small Things” being published🥹❤️ also it is time for the ritual re-read! I’d be honored if anyone would like to joinx
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“I think it was essential that I turn further inward, that I trust the ‘quieter’ poems.” @zeinabeck’s poetry collection, O, is out now from @PenguinBooks. In today’s #TenQuestions, she discusses taking inspiration from Arabic poetry, poetic form, and more: at.pw.org/10Q4Beck
In our latest issue, @rachroobear writes about @open_letter’s annual Translator Triptych series, where one translator is invited to serve as a curator and select three non-English titles to translate and release through the press. Find out more: at.pw.org/TranslatorTrip…
#FirstFiction “‘I ain’t got time for that,’ Fellis said. ‘I’m doing it my way.’” Read and listen to more of our excerpt from @Morgan_J_Talty’s Night of the Living Rez (@Tin_House): at.pw.org/MorganTalty
“I spent hours reading everything I’d written up to that point, and it suddenly all seemed really derivative and crappy to me, except for this paragraph that I had written one night...when I came home from a nightclub at about 4 in the morning.” —Jay McInerney, May/June 2009
In celebration of @raquefella’s debut essay collection, Brown Neon (out now via @Coffee_House_), the author shouts out five journals and zines you’ll want to know. Find out which ones they are in our latest #LiteraryMagNet: at.pw.org/GutiérrezMagNet
#FromTheArchive: “I rarely start writing a poem knowing how it will finish, and even when I think I have a general idea, it rarely turns out to be accurate,” says J. Scott Brownlee on letting poems wander in #WritersRecommend. at.pw.org/Brownlee
#FromTheArchive: “I am trying to buy stories that I am drawn to and passionate about, because I have to advocate for them from the moment they’re acquired until a year after they’re on the bookshelf.” Dawn Davis in Agents & Editors Sept/Oct 2015: at.pw.org/DawnDavis
In our summer issue, @lizChacho highlights the @PassagerBooks Henry Morgenthau III First Book Poetry Prize, "given biennially for a first book of poems by a writer age seventy or older." Read on! at.pw.org/OlderPoetsPrize
#PWNonfictionPrompt: Select words from A to Z and write a lyric essay that dedicates an entry to each term. Try to choose words related to current events of particular importance to you and provide personalized definitions. #FromTheArchive: at.pw.org/TheABCs
#ClipOfTheDay: The Summer I Turned Pretty is a television series adaptation of the New York Times best-selling YA novel trilogy by @jennyhan, now streaming on @PrimeVideo. at.pw.org/SummerITurnedP…
The Time Is Now to spark your writing! This week we recommend a craft book on writing against a singular identity edited by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López and #PWWritingPrompts featuring painting, heat, and music. Browse the archive for more prompts: at.pw.org/TTIN
Looking for debut books to enjoy this summer? Our latest #PageOne includes the first lines of new titles like Voice of the Fish by Lars Horn (@GraywolfPress) and Human Resources by Ryann Stevenson (@Milkweed_Books). Take a look (and listen!): at.pw.org/PageOne2022x4
A sight I won't soon forget: My oh-so-serious mug front and center on the @poetswritersinc homepage. Check out the excerpt from my novel Blithedale Canyon here: pw.org/content/exclus…
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The 2022 Santa Fe Writers Project Book Award is still open for submissions! Offered biennially for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction, the prize awards $1,500 and publication by @SFWP. Judge @DeeshaPhilyaw, deadline 7/18. Details: at.pw.org/SFWP
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“Tsering Yangzom Lama’s debut novel, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies, feels like a place I’ve lived all my life, or maybe it’s a place I’ve been waiting to live in,” writes Tsering Wangmo Dhompa in her interview with @tseringylama. #FirstFiction at.pw.org/TseringYangzom…
#ClipOfTheDay: Irish poet and novelist Martina Evans reads Wisława Szymborska’s poem “Could Have,” translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, in this short film for @BrinkerhoffPoem’s Words We Share series. at.pw.org/CouldHave
#PWNonfictionPrompt: What music seduces and captures you? Using this question as a guide, write an essay that centers around the impact a certain song or musician has had on your life. Use tangible memories to add texture to the composition of your essay. at.pw.org/FeelingMusical
#FromTheArchive: “To survive in this industry you have to be an eternal optimist. You have to still feel the same rush from discovering a great new voice that you felt when you were a twenty-three-year-old assistant.” —Caroline Bleeke, Sept/Oct 2018 at.pw.org/CarolineBleeke
In our new issue, contributing editor @bournewriter examines the pros and cons of selling your book without an agent and shares his path to publishing Blithedale Canyon, out today from @RegalHouse1. Read an exclusive excerpt from his debut novel: at.pw.org/BlithedaleCany…
“An agency might write its agreement as a letter, a list of responsibilities or services, or something that looks more like a standard contract, full of legalese.” In our Literary Agents Issue, @kate_mckean unpacks the nitty-gritty of agency agreements: at.pw.org/JulyAugust2022
#ClipOfTheDay: Bill Gates recommends five books for his annual summer reading list, which include the historical novel The Lincoln Highway by @amortowles and the speculative novel The Power by @NaomiAllthenews. at.pw.org/GatesSummerRea…
#PWFictionPrompt: Write a story set during the dog days of summer. Perhaps your character is faced with a big decision on the hottest day of the year or is on an exciting summer trip. How can the harsh weather add pressure to your character’s behavior? at.pw.org/Sweltering
“There is no country for me except the body. And my mother’s body.” @katiemarya13 reads “Exaltation” from her poetry collection, Sugar Work (@AliceJamesBooks), for our latest #PageOneAudio. Listen on: at.pw.org/MaryaP1
#WritersRecommend: “When I become stuck in my writing, I often consider where else I experience stuck-ness and what sensations emerge in my body,” says Jhani Randhawa, author of Time Regime (@gaudyboySU), about how rock climbing helps their writing. at.pw.org/WRRandhawa
Our latest #FirstFiction feature celebrates five debut fiction writers you’ll want to know this summer! Read our annual roundup and engage with the exceptional works and minds of @leilamottley @tseringylama @Ary_Ifeakandu @paigeclark and @Morgan_J_Talty: at.pw.org/FirstFiction20…
#ClipOfTheDay: “An unhappy childhood is a treasure for a writer,” says Hilary Mantel in this @CBSThisMorning interview about her story collection Learning to Talk (@HenryHolt), which features young characters growing up in mid-twentieth-century England. at.pw.org/LearningToTalk
#PWPoetryPrompt: Inspired by Terrance Hayes's poem “Bob Ross Paints Your Portrait,” write a poem in the form of a self-portrait. Try using instructional language to describe yourself, allowing any emotions that arise to make their way into the poem. at.pw.org/PaintAPortrait
#FromTheArchive: “Every student is a scholar; every scholar is a student.” —Kevin Young, November/December 2017 at.pw.org/KevinYoung
“I also grew up with mostly sisters, which is why my worldview is not patriarchal. I saw how women made things happen, and not necessarily in traditional gender roles, like my godmother, who looked so cool in her leather jackets.” —@KaliMaFaja at.pw.org/KeepingTheStor…
What's wild is that I grew up reading @poetswritersinc and now on my BOOK'S OFFICIAL PUB DAY I'm in it!! I live a good life. check out this 10 questions. pw.org/content/ten_qu…
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“I was surprised by the central question of the book: Why don’t you parent?” @mayaamarshall's debut full-length poetry collection, All the Blood Involved in Love, is out now from @haymarketbooks. In today’s #TenQuestions she discusses her writing process: at.pw.org/10Q4Marshall
#ClipOfTheDay: “For me, poetry is a way of living in the world,” says Lucille Clifton in this vintage video from the Poetry Breaks series shared by @POETSorg. “You come to poetry not out of what you know, but what you wonder.” at.pw.org/Clifton
Want some writing inspiration? You can get original writing prompts and recommendations for books on writing every week. Sign up now! at.pw.org/TTINSignUp
“Beauty is at the center of my thinking about sentences. As I write I am propelled by rhythm and flow.” @Ary_Ifeakandu discusses the musicality of his prose in God's Children Are Little Broken Things with @jamelbrinkley: at.pw.org/ArinzeIfeakandu
“I came to the realization that a book has a lot more capacity than just holding text,” says celebrated Bulgarian bookmaker Stopan. “I’m striving to find out what else I can fit within it as a vessel for expression.” Read about his whimsical books: at.pw.org/Stopan
“For me, identifying the reader is an essential part of starting any project.” In their new #CraftCapsule, poet @trevor_ketner explores the power of writing to an ideal audience as opposed to worrying about the market for one’s work: at.pw.org/Table
#FromTheArchive: "When a neighborhood becomes gentrified, its new inhabitants think they’ve discovered someplace new, but that place had a story before them." —Jacqueline Woodson, Sept/Oct 2016 at.pw.org/Woodson
“What is true is that, if you’re resourceful, and if you don’t mind getting paid less up front than you would at a Big Five press, rejections by literary agents don’t have to be the last word on your book.” —@bournewriter #PrintOnly: at.pw.org/JulyAugust2022
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