For more than twenty years, Poets & Writers Magazine has been a trusted companion to writers who take their vocation seriously. Within its pages, our readers find provocative essays on the literary life, practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction, and conversation among fellow professionals.
Poets & Writers Magazine
EDITOR’S Note • MORE THAN ONE WAY TO VERB A NOUN
Forty Years of Banned Books Week
Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
A Lending Library of Joy, Storytelling
The Literary Dimensions of TikTok
Small Press Points
THE WRITTEN IMAGE
Matejka Leads Change at Poetry
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
Best Wishes • STORIES FROM THE FRONT OF THE BOOK-SIGNING LINE
A Fertile Contamination • CONSIDERING TRANSLATIONS AMONG THE YEAR’S BEST SHORT STORIES
Agents and Writers • WHEN THE AFFAIR IS OVER
HOW IT FELT • IN HER SECOND NOVEL, THE FURROWS: AN ELEGY, NAMWALI SERPELL CONJURES THE ROILING NATURE OF GRIEF IN A POWERFUL NARRATIVE THAT EXPLORES MEMORY, LOSS, AND BLACK IDENTITY WITHOUT RESTING ON WHAT SHE CALLS THE “MEANINGLESS PLATITUDE” THAT ART PROMOTES EMPATHY.
The Furrows: An Elegy
The New 2022 Nonfiction
My Life in Book BANNING • THE AUTHOR OF ONE OF LAST YEAR’S MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS CONFRONTS A CAMPAIGN OF THREATS, CYBERATTACKS, AND DOXING IN THE POST-TRUTH ERA.
Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021
Agents & Editors ANNIE HWANG • Annie Hwang of Ayesha Pande Literary talks about community building, professional burnout, the questions writers should ask when querying agents, and the demanding work of advocating for diversity in publishing.
A Writer’s EDUCATION
Continuing Education • Before a calling to write can turn into a pursuit of the craft, a writer needs one thing: belief that their words and their ideas matter. We asked four writers to reflect on the people and moments that gave them permission to make their art.
Towards a Poetics of Discovery
Say You’re a Writer
Belonging and the MFA
MFA APPLICATION ADVICE
Making the Most of Writing Workshops
Reading as an Apprentice Time Traveler • A Lesson in Close Reading and in Writing Time
The Writer’s Bookshelf • A Year of Craft Reading and Advice
Reclaiming My Book • TRANSLATING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TO TEXT AND SOUND
Reviewers & Critics • KATE TUTTLE OF THE BOSTON GLOBE
On Writing About Books • TEN PRO TIPS FOR THE FREELANCE REVIEWER
The Savvy Self-Publisher • NITA WIGGINS
Conferences & Residencies
THE FRIENDS OF POETS & WRITERS, INC. • We are happy to acknowledge these Friends whose recent gifts help make our programs possible.
A Compass and a Map