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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • ICYMI: The Pulitzers were announced this week. Check out this profile of poetry winner Gregory Pardlo. And if you’re so inclined, revisit my review of Anthony Doerr’s fiction-winning novel.
  • Author and bookseller Ann Patchett, on recommending books. (h/t @LisaBonos)
  • I’m partial to semicolons; thus, my fondness for this piece.
  • As regular blog and newsletter readers know, I’m also partial to litmags that don’t charge submission fees. So you can imagine that I found a lot to like in Timothy Green’s post “against submission fees”.
  • And speaking of Tim Green, he’s the latest litmag editor to be interviewed over on Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value site, discussing Rattle (which does not charge sub fees–and which pays its writers!).
  • Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oh, this has got to be one of your best Friday posts ever. After such a long, hard winter here in the Northeast, these Friday Finds are like bread and wine.
      I will be sharing the article about the semicolon with my students. One of the first things I notice
      about the work of student fiction writers is a tendency to overcomplicate lines. I don’t hate long sentences, if they are done well and manage the energy running in the line with finesse. However,
      I see so much new writing whose prose seems to reflect a love affair with the colon and semicolon that it makes me dizzy just to read it.
      I must admit, on my 3rd semester graduate essay, our Poet Laureate of Maine said that it was well written “apart from a rather idiosyncratic use of the semicolon.” I am keeping the article you shared in my file of “Useful Articles on Writing.”

      • Mihku, so nice to hear from you! And I’m so glad to hear how this post resonates. Obviously, I can be…idiosyncratic…when it comes to semicolons, too. I think I need to file that article away myself and revisit it. Repeatedly!

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