Category Archives: Writing

Which magazines or journals earn the most Pushcart Prizes?

This interesting blog tallies the nominations by journal or magazine. If a Pushcart is what you’re after, it could make an interesting submission list.

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Which magazines or journals earn the most Pushcart Prizes?

This interesting blog tallies the nominations by journal or magazine. If a Pushcart is hat you’re after, it could make an interesting submission list.

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PW’s Year-end LIst

I’m looking forward to the Perillo.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2012/top-10#list

2012 Pen Awards for Literature

So many worthy recipients here. Particularly happy to see Toi Derricote named. From their citation:

http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/1351

Toi Derricotte

The judges wrote in their citation:

“We are very proud to name Toi Derricotte the winner of this year’s PEN/Voelcker Award. Derricotte is the author of five books of poetry:The Undertaker’s Daughter; Tender; Captivity; Natural Birth; The Empress of the Death House; and the literary memoir, The Black Notebooks. Her poems carry both truth and a higher knowledge in scenes of everyday life, consistently depicted through taut language. And her voice is, at once, tender and unflinching. A voice that she has honed over her long career from poem to poem and book to book as she investigates a distinctly American psyche rendered by experiences of race, color, gender, and grief, however blatant, however nuanced. The poems remind readers that personal and societal histories intersect sometimes in the most brutal, the most tender, and the most surprising of ways. In Tender she writes, “‘At the still point of the turning world,’ the job of the artist is not to resolve or beautify, but to hold complexities, to see and make clear.” Derricotte’s poems push readers and practitioners into the hard work of seeing with rigor, intelligence, and grace. Her intellect and her imagination continue to forge new territory in the field of poetry, challenging what we think a poem might be and what we think it might do in the world.”

Bards Day

Those darling buds are sure being shaken today. How can one be blue when spring winds are rattling all manner of cages?

Nobel Prize for Literature to be announced tomorrow

Who’s your candidate to win? I’m betting on either the Syrian poet, Adonis, or the Algerian, Assia Djebar. One day, Margaret Atwood will get one; it’s hard to imagine what else she has to do. And, of course, it’s fun to think about Bob Dylan mumbling his way through a greeting in Sweden. However, I’m betting the Prize Committee won’t be able to resist a nod to the Arab Spring.

Jeanette Winterson Tells Us All She Knows About Love

Sorry to be so late in pointing this out, but if you haven’t yet read Jeanette Winterson’s incredible personal essay in Granta, Spring 2011, entitled All I Know About Gertrude Stein, run to your bookstore and hope they still have a copy, or check out Granta online. I read it there first, then lucked out this past June–B&N still had a copy. I mean it–run! It is the most exquisite thing I’ve read in many years.

U.S. Poet Elyse Fenton wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Read the announcement:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11893144

Nov. 2 Vote–and then go write!

Cheer me on through NaNoWriMo!

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