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The "cruelest month"By Alicia Anstead
Calling April the “cruelest month” has become a sound byte that creeps into nearly every National Poetry Month press release and blog post. Of course, in its entirety, it’s a hauntingly plaintive line: “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” Honestly, take a minute and read that one again. I wonder if T. S. Eliot would be horrified or delighted that this one phrase of his poem hit the big time.
Soldier OnBy Hillary Casavant
Anita Shreve’s dynamic characters drive her storytelling and success.
On a different pathBy Kinney Littlefield
Sarah Treem tackles tough issues on stage and screen.
The money gameBy Mridu Khullar Relph
Take control of your writing income with eight simple steps.
Stage to pageBy Megan Kaplon
Spoken word poet Sarah Kay finds harmony between performance and print.
Check!By JH Mae
Make your own rules for revising a work in progress.
Know thy editorBy Heather Villa
Research a publication for a better shot at success.
Mystical joltBy Robert Hirschfield
Young poets learn from literary stars.
April 1964By Hillary Casavant
A story from The Writer archives offers 18 checkpoints for publishing.
The big sellBy Kerrie Flanagan
The pros and cons of using social media to market books.
The searchBy Doreen Sullivan
Library databases can help writers uncover new markets for their fiction.
A book in the bellyBy Hillary Casavant
Iceland Writers Retreat inspires literary culture and travel.
What it isBy Melissa Hart
Quiddity offers multiple points of engagement for readers and writers.
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From the Editor
Put quill to parchment with Shakespeare-inspired advice, products and prompts. Also: Dani Shapiro on writing and tips for crossing genre lines.
How I Write
Tanis Rideout: “Revision is where the magic happens.”