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Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Of the Diaspora, In the Spotlight
CELEBRATING WINNERS OF The Tenth Gate Prize • FOR MID-CAREER POETS SUBMIT BY JULY 15
The Pop-Up Literary Agency
Small Press Points
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
The Loneliness Project • MY JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN LONELINESS
Infertile & Querying • STRUGGLING TO CONCEIVE WHILE SEEKING REPRESENTATION
How We REMEMBER • WITH HIS FIRST NONFICTION BOOK, HOW THE WORD IS PASSED, PUBLISHED IN JUNE BY LITTLE, BROWN, POET AND SCHOLAR CLINT SMITH DELVES INTO THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY ALIVE IN MONUMENTS AND LANDMARKS WITHIN AND BEYOND THE UNITED STATES, IN AN IMMERSIVE READ THAT EXQUISITELY DEPICTS HOW A NATION AND ITS INHABITANTS REMEMBER ITS HISTORY.
The Whitney Plantation
First Fiction 2021
Eric Nguyen • whose debut novel, Things We Lost to the Water, was published in May by Knopf.
Lee Lai • whose debut graphic novel, Stone Fruit, was published in May by Fantagraphics.
Zakiya Dalila Harris • whose debut novel, The Other Black Girl, was published in June by Atria Books.
Joss Lake • whose debut novel, Future Feeling, was published in June by Soft Skull Press.
Pik-Shuen Fung • author of the debut novel Ghost Forest, published in July by One World.
The late Anthony Veasna So • author of the debut story collection Afterparties, forthcoming in August from Ecco.
I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU • THE ART OF THE QUERY LETTER IN REAL LIFE
YOUR CAREER ON THE LINE • WRITERS AND AGENTS DISCUSS “THE CALL”
A WEEK IN READING • WHAT AGENTS DO WHEN THEY’RE NOT WORKING
Agent Advice • Amy Elizabeth Bishop of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
The Savvy Self-Publisher • NIKKI PEOPLES
Conferences & Residencies
In Celebration of Writers