The old house of poetryBy Alicia Anstead
Eliot said: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” We hope this issue finds you sitting with writers whose work engages you and pushes you far. And again farther.
Shine the lightBy Patti Hartigan
Playwright Christopher Durang reveals his process and the influences on his work.
As long as it takesBy Megan Kaplon
Journalist Sam Quinones shares pointers on writing long-form.
Hurry up, pleaseBy Jack Hamann
Learn to work under the stress of deadlines.
Madam, I’m AdamBy Alicia Anstead
A conversation with graphic memoirist, screenwriter and novelist Ariel Schrag.
The long and winding storyBy Constance Hale
How to put the literary in long-form.
Dig inBy Valerie Brooks
The symbiotic relationship between a writer and an editor.
Sing a new songBy JoAnn Stevelos
Finding a writing voice through music.
Commonplace bookBy Dale McGarrigle
Catalogue your ideas as they come for a stockpile of "Winning Words."
Viva Las Vegas!By Meredith Quinn
Double down on your agent pitch at this conference in Sin City.
Keep sendingBy Melissa Hart
Submit early and often to Beloit Poetry Journal.
1962: Advice for young poetsBy Nicki Porter
Revisiting May Sarton’s letter to a beginner.
Master of the verseBy Meredith Quinn
Enroll in the perfect MFA program for your poetry.
Also in Every Issue
From the Editor
Punctuation tips, Alissa Quart, Tracy K. Smith, inspirations of contemporary poets and more.
How I Write
Tony Hoagland: “Competitiveness and striving and self-commodification or envy will ruin your writing.”