How odd that National Poetry Month falls in April—the month so famously designated as “cruel” in one of the canonical poems of Western literature (The Waste Land). Is this irony, or whimsy, or just an unfortunate coincidence? Regardless, as we slide toward the end of National Poetry Month, here are a few of the poetry … Continue reading I Don’t Know What T. S. Eliot Was Talking About, or, It’s National Poetry Month!
By Jody Strimling-Muchow When I arrived in New York City after graduate school, I was a newly-minted Equity Actor, clutching my M.F.A. in my hot little hand. I went on audition after audition, did workshops and readings and tiny parts in movies and television shows. It’s hard being an actor, but I loved it. Until … Continue reading The Dramatists Guild – It’s a Moral Choice
By Flora Stadler I read Lydia Netzer’s novel Shine Shine Shine when I was very pregnant with my second child. Sleeping had become problematic, so I tore through the story—about a willful woman named Sunny and her genius, astronaut husband, who’s lost in space when Sunny gives birth to their second child. The birth scene … Continue reading Lydia Netzer: Inhabiting the Other Side of Death
by Julie Chibbaro Bill’s stuff makes me laugh. You can’t say that about all his work, since he writes in various styles, but Lessard is an expert in writing the absurd in a way that somehow makes sense. Take this, from his piece entitled: “Alternate Careers for House of Cards’ Frank Underwood” published in McSweeney’s: … Continue reading One Futurist Speaks: Interview with Writer William Lessard
by Ruta Rimas Book editors. Writers imagine them as elusive, mysterious creatures who hold in their hands the power to make writers’ dreams of publication come true (and also crush those dreams into oblivion). Is it true? As an editor myself, I’d like to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions about the daily work … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: What does an editor do all day?