Forty-five years after her death, Stevie Smith can be celebrated as a major English poet of the twentieth century. She is a writer of astonishing skill, range, comedy, and depth of feeling; she is inimitable, strange, and utterly original. With her poetry collected as a whole, it becomes more apparent too that though she is a funny writer—funny-ha-ha and funny-peculiar—her work is melancholy and despairing, full of pain, terror, and grief.
Indian Country Today reports the Angriest Indian Poet Award goes to Adrian C. Louis, a poet who Sherman Alexie calls “profane, angry, and in deep love with this sad-ass world. He is the primary reason why I started to write poems.” More: Some people wonder how he’s still alive in the modern age, naked at […]
www.latimes.com/... More than 600 American writers, including Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Cheryl Strayed and Dave Eggers, have signed an "open letter to the American people" pledging their opposition to Trump's candidacy.
“I have a theory that Australian poetry renews itself with every generation,” wrote John Tranter in Poetry, nearly a generation ago. Tranter’s “Australian Poetry 1940–1980: A Personal View” appeared in a special October–November double issue in 1996, the first time Poetry devoted itself entirely to Australian poetry. Just as our May 2016 issue was edited with the help […]
Raymond Carver in the late 1980s. Hard to believe it’s been almost thirty years since the passing of Raymond Carver—who would have turned seventy-eight today—but his reputation as one of the undisputed masters of the short story remains as strong as ever. Esquire was the first national magazine to publish Carver (“Neighbors,” 1972), and his association... Read More
And let's not forget his brilliant editor and novelist Gordon Lish, who helped transform his writing from the mundane to the spectacular.
Almost 40 years after Berg wrote the seminal biography on the legendary editor, a movie based on Perkins' volatile relationship with Thomas Wolfe is coming out. Berg talked to PW about the June film, and why the famously elusive Perkins still intrigues us.
Recommended Reading, a free magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week—each chosen by today’s best authors and editors—and uses the power of personal recommendations to give diverse writers and presses the readership they deserve.
Mahtem Shiferraw’s debut collection called Fuschia won the prestigious Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets in 2015. At Short Story Day Africa Mahtem Shiferraw talks about seeing poems in color, gender identity, and what’s on her bedside table. Ethiopian-American poet Mahtem Shiferraw won the 2015 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her […]
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