Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “If you’re writing for publication, you’re probably familiar with the submission process and the never-ending search for places looking for stories or poems. There are a lot of market listings out there, Reddit groups, Facebook group, and websites devoted to calls for submissions. I’m going to be sharing some of the bigger names along with the ones I use on a regular basis.” And in this post, that’s exactly what Sarah Wagner does. (I’m thrilled that she included The Practicing Writer—the latest issue of which is now online—in her post.)
  • “During her first year as poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith launched a program of readings and discussions in rural communities in New Mexico, South Carolina and Kentucky. Her goal was not to instruct but simply to share her love of poetry and to listen to how others experience it. In April, to mark the beginning of her second term as poet laureate, Smith delivered a lecture at the Library of Congress about what she experienced during that tour and how poetry can defend us from the distractions and degradations of our technological culture. Her remarks are presented here [The Washington Post] in full with permission from the author and the Library of Congress.” (Bonus: video clip of Smith in conversation with Ron Charles.)
  • On developing her memoir’s title (and much more): Q&A with Lisa Romeo on Deborah Kalb’s ever-reliable interview blog.
  • In the wake of changes to the Goodreads giveaway programs, Diane Lockward reports on new approaches. (Meantime, Goodreads has announced still more changes.)
  • And remember: If it’s Friday, you’ll find a fresh set of #JewLit links over on My Machberet. You’ll find a couple of really lovely poems and intriguing interviews included there this week.
  • Have a great weekend!