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Hashtag Highlights Anti-Black Bias
Writing in Spanish Elevates Academia
Small Press Points
Cook’s Activism at Philly Bookshop
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
Why We Write
Transformation • IN HIS SECOND POETRY COLLECTION, FINNA, NATE MARSHALL EXPLORES THE FAILURES AND TRIUMPHS OF LANGUAGE, THE POWER OF COMMUNITY, AND ABOLITION AS A POETIC PRAXIS.
WORLD of WONDERS • IN HER NEW ESSAY COLLECTION, PUBLISHED BY MILKWEED EDITIONS IN SEPTEMBER, POET AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL TURNS HER CREATIVE POWERS OF ATTENTION, PLAY, OPENNESS, AND LOVE TO A WORLD OF MAGIC AND IMAGINATION OUTDOORS, CULTIVATING THE FAMILY GARDEN AS A LOVE LANGUAGE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF US.
TRUTH • IN HOMELAND ELEGIES, PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AND NOVELIST AYAD AKHTAR BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION IN AN ATTEMPT TO RECLAIM THE NOVEL: “I THINK THAT REALITY HAS OUTPACED THE CAPACITY FOR FICTION TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BECOME.”
I’M WRITING TO YOU
Dear Fellow Black Writers
To My Precious Black Son
To the Tentatively Hopeful
A Letter to the Allies
To Writers Struggling With Their Whiteness
A Note to the Shareholders
Dear White Readers, Gatekeepers, and Members of the Media
Dear White Publishers
Dear Black Queer Boy
My Beloved Black Ancestors
Return to the MFA • A CALL FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE LITERARY ARTS
We Need New Metaphors • REIMAGINING POWER IN THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
MFA Programs in the Time of COVID-19 • WRITERS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS PLAN FOR A NEW NORMAL
Online MFA Programs • THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF THE NO-RESIDENCY OPTION
Ten Online MFA Programs at a Glance
The End of an MFA • WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LOW-RESIDENCY PROGRAM CLOSES?
Starting Out in an MFA Program? • HERE ARE TEN TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF IT
The Art of the Author Photo • HOW TO MAKE A LASTING IMAGE
Reviewers & Critics • ISMAIL MUHAMMAD OF THE BELIEVER
Conferences & Residencies
Ed Roberson Wins Jackson Prize