Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “Reading the New South: A group of forward-thinking, upstart journals and websites are exploding the stereotypes so many attach to this place and its people.” (Margaret Renkl/The New York Times)
  • Reflections on literary awards from Mark Athitakis (and thanks, Mark, for the prompt to revisit our much-missed mutual friend D.G. Myers’s website).
  • AWP’s new “Life After the MFA” newsletter is for AWP members only–but they’ve put a sample issue online, and it means a lot to me that they linked to a piece of mine with it. (It’s a piece that grew out of a Grub Street/Muse and the Marketplace presentation that I adapted for publication on the Poets & Writers site.)
  • I am not exaggerating when I say that it’s a challenge to keep up with all of poet John Sibley Williams‘s publications (and I’m working as his publicist!). Here’s one particularly stunning poem, “Daedalus/Oppenheimer,” published this week by New Statesman (the poem will be included in John’s collection As One Fire Consumes Another, which will be out from Orison Books in April as the latest winner of the Orison Poetry Prize).
  • And if it’s Friday, you’ll find a fresh batch of #JewLit links over on the My Machberet blog.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone!

    6 thoughts on “Friday Finds for Writers

    1. O'rya Hyde-Keller says:

      That poem is amazing.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        I agree. I mean, I read a lot of his work, obviously—but that one really overwhelms me.

    2. The AWP link is so timely following Mike Scalise’s thread last week, but I think your essay in P&W should be required reading for MFA students–and potential MFA students. Definitely adding this to my reading list for students.


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thank you so much, Geeta!

    3. Way to go on that AWP mention regarding life after the MFA. There’s a lot I have to say about the post-MFA life and I’m glad the conversation is going on.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        It’s an important conversation, to be sure.

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