BuzzFeed has compiled a list of 29 amazing literary magazines we should all be reading.
And since my work has only appeared in one of these journals, this list can also double as a list of places I need to submit my work to. It’s good to have goals.
Not every great author can give equally great writing advice. But according to Micah Solomon, the three books mentioned in this Bookbaby blog post can give you the tips you need to progress your writing to new levels.
Avid readers: check out this recent New York Times article to find out why indie bookstores are back, with a passion.
Vinson Cunningham interviews Chris Jackson, editor for Ta-Nehisi Coates and Victor LaValle, among others, on building a black literary movement.
Do you have an unopened dusty copy of War and Peace or Catch 22 wedged shamefully in the back of your bookcase?
Take heart regarding your literary duplicity with this list from the BBC of the top twenty books people lie about having read (20% of which are by Charles Dickens)—and then slap those unread tomes on your bedside table, because 60% of those surveyed said being (or at least seeming) well-read made a person appear more attractive. I guess that may be the motivation for the lies.
This list is for the UK, but I have a feeling people are bluffing about reading these books in the US as well…
A recent survey shows that most students do still prefer print over digital. In this Star-Tribune article, Laurie Hertzel contemplates: http://www.startribune.com/print-or-e-books-the-debate-continues/367820511/
The Winter 2016 issue of the North American Review is now out.
North American Review (NAR) is the oldest and one of the most culturally significant literary magazines in the United States. Past contributors include important nineteenth-century American writers and thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman; and twentieth-century writers like William Carlos Williams, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, William Saroyan, and Flannery O’Connor.
And now add to the list…little old insignificant me. My poem “How to Keep It Real When Everything Has Gone Wrong” appears in the Winter 2016 issue. This issue features a host of excellent poets and writers such as Patricia Spears Jones, Traci Brimhall, Zakia Henderson Brown, and many others. The visual art in the issue is impressive as well.
I can’t deny it – it feels cool to have work in the first American literary magazine. A big thanks goes to guest editor Metta Sáma who deemed my poem worthy of being in NAR. Much appreciated.
It can be easy to get a tad overwhelmed by all the podcasts that are out there. But here’s a useful list of podcasts that are recommended “for writers, word nerds, and book lovers.” Check out Crystal King’s post for Grub Daily. There’s bound to be a few podcasts on this list that will interest you, and maybe even motivate you.
There’s a boatload of great recommendations in this extensive post from The Write Life/Marisol Dahl on “The 100 Best Websites for Writers.”
As someone who looks at tons of writing blogs and websites on a daily basis, I was surprised at how many other helpful sites exist that I had never heard of before. This is definitely worth checking out…
Volume 2, Issue 3 of the literary journal Hartskill Review is available for purchase. Hartskill Review is dedicated to publishing contemporary poetry crafted with thoughtfulness and care. It also contains reviews of poetry collections and chapbooks.
Among the works included in this issue are my poems “Craigslist” and “Entry from an Insomniac’s Dream Book.” I really appreciate the chance to contribute. Thanks to editor Joshua Hjalmer Lind for deeming my work worthy of publication.
This article is well worth the read for those writers who know that there isn’t some panacea that triggers great writing, but that there are some common features of bad writing you can avoid to make your writing stronger.
Is there rehab for a workaholic? Or does society just serve as an enabler, giving workaholics more to do until it is unhealthy?
I have a vested interest in the answers.
The focus in 2016 is to not allow my intermittent trickle of creative work get subsumed under the rising tide of other things – the day job and other general life stuff that inundates my existence.
To continue doing what makes me happy in terms of writing and creativity, and not what I feel like I should or shouldn't be doing…according to writing world, academia, friends, family, or others. I finally found my voice in 2015, and I don’t plan on shutting up just because that voice doesn’t match what’s popular in modern writing.
To create with purpose and goals, but not to let them become the master of me.
What are your goals – creative or other?
I just discovered a new resource for writers online. Well…at least it is new to me.
This week brings the latest post of Cathy’s Comps and Calls, where Cathy Bryant presents no-fee competition and submission opportunities (and does her best to indicate which ones pay). Check it out.
On her blog, Christi Craig offers some thoughts on choosing online writing courses. I have been thinking about taking some online writing courses to jumpstart my literary workrate...so these five points to consider are helpful and timely...hopefully you find them useful as well.
The website Build Your Own Blog is giving away a new MacBook Air to one lucky blogger! Worth a shot by entering - a chance to start your 2016 writing endeavors off on the right foot!
I am happy to announce that I have two prose poems included in Issue #10 of Jet Fuel Review, the literary magazine of Lewis University. Thanks to the editorial staff for the chance to contribute.
If you get a chance, please check out “An Incomplete Understanding of Love, With Footnotes” and “About This Poem” at: http://www.jetfuelreview.com/adrian-potter-fall-2015.html