Most writers, especially those who are just starting out, feel lost and lonely in a literary world that seems to have pre-constructed cliques that are so hard to infiltrate. Anne Korkeakivi, an ex-pat and ever-traveling author with literary connections spread around the world, tells us that we are all peripheral to the literary community, and […]
…we’re all still struggling to ascribe value to a digital product. Keeping a literary magazine alive in 2016 may seem impossible, but there are still those out there who are making it work. The Billfold asked the team behind Midnight Breakfast how they do it.
We can’t change our community, and ourselves, if we don’t foster a dialogue about how power is abused within it, and the only way to do that is to empower survivors to speak. Following recently forced awareness, Muriel Leung, editor of Apogee, collects fourteen responses from various writers to the sexual violence perpetrated in our […]
At this stoplight, you might begin to think, “I’ve been here before, there is nothing new to notice.” But it seems to me that we actually live here, and we often fail to notice what is in our own yard. For Flavorwire, Jonathon Sturgeon talks about what we talk about when we talk about books.
I’m just back from Iowa, writing about the Democratic Caucus for Salon. You know what will make you think about citizenry? Watching hundreds of working-class union members standing in the harsh wind and freezing rain waiting to get in to a Hillary Clinton rally in an overheated high school gym in Cedar Rapids. Watching them […]
The dream of a global literary community is not new. But as globalization has not meant greater political or economic equality, cultural cosmopolitanism has not been guaranteed by instant communication and inexpensive travel. These do, however, present significant new opportunities for literary activism. In a recent New York Times op-ed, author Benjamin Moser talks about […]
A new website from Electric Literature and Grove Atlantic hopes to unite the online literary universe. The Wall Street Journal reports that the website is the latest attempt by publishers to connect with readers, particularly as newspapers dial back book coverage. The site will include essays from partners like n+1, the Paris Review, and others, […]
The writing community has lately been buzzing with literary citizenship—attending readings, writing reviews, supporting other writers with blurbs or buying their books (preferably from independent bookstores). But not everyone is happy with the literary estate’s citizenship requirements. Last month, Becky Tuch warned against devaluing writing as labor. Now Lisa Marie Basile, writing over at The […]