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31 Contemporary Poets You Need To Read

There’s still time to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in both Poetry and Criticism, winning for Poetry. The dual nominations illustrate the power and timeliness of Rankine’s poems to …


Introducing Our Reviews of Absurd Self-Published E-Books

When “Kindle Cover Disasters” debuted on Tumblr earlier this year, the Internet ROFLMFAO’d at the truly heinous designs: cheap clipart, effects …

The Lord of the Rings

Shakespeare not required reading for most literature grads in US

Report finds less than 10 per cent of American colleges study the bard

He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, a poet and playwright whose works still shape minds and lives more than four centuries later.

But when it comes to the question of to study or not to study the …


Anthony Doerr: 'I grew up where to call yourself a writer would be pretentious'

It was Anthony Doerr’s wife Shauna who saw the news first. She was the one who was secretly streaming the Pulitzer ceremonies on YouTube in another room of their Paris apartment. He was in the kitchen with their son Owen, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream. She came in shaking and the phone …


Not a Real Writer: How Self-Doubt Holds Me Back

When I was in high school back in the late 90’s, I had so much confidence and ambition that I got myself a copy of Writer’s Market, studied it from …


9 Insanely Beautiful Surf Houses for Sale Right Now

Ever dreamed of living in a house like this? Well, you can… for a million dollars. Most surfers dream of living at the beach. For some, that dream …

Water Sports

How West Oz Was Won


“I’ve got a million head games I play to keep myself intact”: On “Deadwood,” weed and other essential tools of the writing trade

Authors of 6 new books discuss good habits, bad reviews and the creative weight of loneliness, nostalgia and ghosts

The new spring books are here, and I posed a series of questions – with, as always, a few verbal restrictions – to Elisa Albert (“After Birth”), Kate Bolick (“Spinster”), Stuart Archer …


Two Islands

Nic Von Rupp tells a tale of the two sides of Hawaii

The islands of Hawaii are a world all their own. If you don’t believe me, just watch this episode of the My Road Series by Nic Von Rupp. What is a tropical paradise for some is a proving grounds for others. Localism, crowds, and fights are a …

Water Sports

Why Being A Debut Author Isn’t Exactly A Dream Come True

“It sure would be nice to have some folks to talk to.”

Writers share a lot of personal stuff online. Which books are lining their “to be read” shelves, what they had for brunch, the fact that they had brunch, how many thousands of words they’re in to their new projects. But with few exceptions, even …


The Power of Confession

(Photo: DC_Aperture/Shutterstock)I belong to a church that isn’t big enough to afford its own building, so we pay rent to another congregation and …


Just one in ten authors can earn full-time living from writing, report finds

A report found many authors do not earn minimum wage, with 17 per cent being paid nothing in one full year

To many, it is the dream job: nobly toiling to create a fine work of literature or agenda-setting academia.

The reality of being a writer has been laid bare in a new report highlighting the low …


“Sorrow everywhere with nowhere to go”: Elizabeth Alexander on losing her husband and writing through grief

"The Light of the World" is the new memoir by Alexander, the poet who read at Obama's 2008 inauguration ceremony

Elizabeth Alexander lost her husband quite suddenly right after he turned 50. Ficre Ghebreyesus’ heart failed him, but it lives on in the pages of her memoir, “The Light of the World.”


Times wins Pulitzers for feature writing, criticism

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes, American journalism's top honor, for its coverage of California's drought and for cultural criticism, Columbia University announced Monday.

Staff writer Diana Marcum won the 2015 feature writing prize for her searing portraits of farmers, fieldworkers …

Los Angeles

Why writing stories about climate change isn’t fantasy or sci-fi

When I was growing up, I loved reading books about the end of the world. A food destroying virus in John Christopher’s The Death of Grass or life after a nuclear event in John Wyndham’s Chrysalids. And you might want to read When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs with Trident renewal becoming such …


Object Lesson

The committed bibliophile is cousin to the obsessive, an easily seduced accumulator frequently struck with frisson. Cram your home with books, and …


Mad Men: The Imperceptibility of Change

Each week, Alissa Wilkonson reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s Mad Men.

I’ve been trying to decide—for years, literally—if Mad Men is a tragedy or …

Mad Men

Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners

Mass extinction. A pope and a fascist. A lost North American tribe. A beguiling WWII tale. Scott Porch, Bill Morris, William O’Connor, and Malcolm Jones on the Pulitzer board’s picks.

Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

When journalist …

Literary Prizes

In Missoula, Anxiety Over Book About Campus Assaults

MISSOULA, Mont. — This town is bracing for a book. The local prosecutor wrote an urgent letter to its publishers trying to delay its release. Book sellers are taking orders for copies that wait in sealed boxes, ready to be opened on Tuesday. Some people are dreading its revelations about rape in …

Jon Krakauer

"Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Reassuring Life Advice For Struggling Artists

In Getting There: A Book of Mentors, the lauded creator candidly reveals his years of struggle—and his eventual path to success.

I remember studying Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan" in high school. According to Coleridge, upon waking from a deep, opium-induced reverie, he recalled a …

Matthew Weiner

Things I’ve Learned About Heterosexual Female Desire From Decades Of Reading

• Women only love men with CROOKED SMILES, a man who smiles with his mouth all in a straight line might as well be DEAD; a male smile should resemble …

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Morality vs. moralism

Just when I was feeling despondent, I was asked to review a book by Luigi Giussani. His rhetoric both bamboozled and mesmerized more


Wim Wenders on Salt of the Earth and What Happened to Until the End of the World

In the late 1970s and '80s, if you were into serious cinema, you had to be into Wim Wenders. The German director of Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities, …


Thirteen Creative Writing Exercises for Women.

1. Each morning, recite the affirmation, “You are my favorite woman writer.”

2. Remember that writing should be fun! As you struggle to write, ask …


What Memoir Can Do That Poetry Can't

I remember sitting in my student apartment in New York City, nearly 20 years ago now, writing the first words of yet another poem about my mother. I …


Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

About this presentation

There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené …


How To Ignore Your Worst Critic And Become Your Best Self

A friend recently introduced me to a fabulous talk Brené Brown gave at a conference for creatives. You can watch it here.In it, she uses the metaphor …


Writer Humor

State Likely to Pay $30K After Student Forced to Run on Treadmill Collapses

When Laurie Kahiapo arrived to pick up her 20-year old autistic son up from school one day in 2010, she found him unconscious.

Jeremiah Kahiapo, a …

Department of Education

Tax season quite taxing for professional athletes

McLEAN, Va. -- Nothing is certain, the saying goes, except death and taxes, though for professional athletes it's more like death, taxes — and more taxes.

The rest of us mostly file state income taxes in the states where we reside. Professional athletes have an additional burden: They must file …