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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • I’m pleased to have discovered Poetry Today, a new interview series from Chicago Review of Books that “offers readers an insider look into the working minds of contemporary poets from around the world.” First up: Ruben Quesada presents Nicole Sealey, José Olivarez, and Carl Phillips.
  • “I get about a thousand books and ARCs [advance review copies] per month.” That attention-catching detail is just a hint of what you’ll find in Michael Taeckens’s latest Poets & Writers “Reviewers and Critics” column, which is devoted to Laurie Hertzel, Books Editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • “I’m afraid I have to tell you that I don’t like the poems at all.” So wrote Lionel Trilling to Allen Ginsberg regarding Howl and Other Poems. You’ll find this and other select excerpts from Life in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling, edited by Adam Kirsch, over on The Paris Review‘s website.
  • Via The Brooklyn Rail: “Consequence’s Senior Associate Editor, Catherine Parnell, invited five fiction writers whose work appears in the latest issue of the magazine to discuss war writing and women’s place in that genre, the current literary culture, and their fiction. With a focus on their work and a deep dive into their writing process, they address the ways women bear witness to the culture and consequences of war. Ruth Edgett, Siobhan Fallon, Daphne Kalotay, Judy Labensohn, and Ruth Mukwana are a geographically distinct group: Canada, United Arab Emirates, the US, Israel, Uganda, and Sudan (where Ruth Mukwana’s currently working with the United Nations). What follows is their correspondence, conducted via email, during the never-ending winter of 2018.”
  • And you’ll encounter another intriguing set of Jewish-lit links (including, this week, a review-writing competition from Jewish Review of Books) over on my other blog today.
  • Have a good weekend, everyone.

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