Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark Brian Kellow Viking Adult, October 2011 432 pages $27.95 Please note: Emily Murphy is not the author of this post, contrary to what it says. The author is Joshua Garstka. See the bottom … Continue reading

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Finding Time to Write

Very few writers can actually support themselves with their writing. Since, like the vast majority of writers out there, I work during the day, people often ask me when I have time to write. After all, with a corporate job, … Continue reading

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Radio Drama and the Written Word

I once spent a year working as literary editor for a group that produced radio plays—dramatic adaptations of American short stories, which were then broadcast on NPR and BBC. Though I was never more than a novice in the radio … Continue reading

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ePocalypse Now

So! A quick caveat. By night, I’m a poet: I write, I submit, I sometimes get an acceptance, I get a bunch of rejections, and I submit again. Lather, rinse, repeat. There’s notoriously little money in poetry, however, so by … Continue reading

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Margot Livesey makes us proud, yet again

Ploughshares fiction editor and novelist extraordinaire Margot Livesey has, once again, made us proud. Her newest novel debuts today, January 24th, 2012, and it’s already the talk of the town. With glowing reviews in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Poetry

Happy Life by David Budbill Copper Canyon Press, August 2011 122 pages $16.00 [Editor’s note: “Dear Dr. Poetry,” a new column by Shannon Wagner, will appear regularly on this blog.]   Dear Dr. Poetry When I sold my VW van … Continue reading

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Korean American Identity

I am Korean American and a writer. More often than not, I write about Korean American characters, though I don’t always focus on their ethnicity in my writing. I view ethnicity as one of many lenses through which one perceives … Continue reading

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Literary Friendship Across Political Borders

If there exists a more solid foundation than this for a literary friendship, I can’t think of it: My words prompted readers to sever their connection with the publication. And my editor stood by me. This is the second in … Continue reading

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What Rejection Means to Me

It took me awhile to understand that when a journal rejects your poem or short story, it isn’t an indictment of your character or a judgment of your ability as a writer; all they’re saying, really, is: “not this piece … Continue reading

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Women In Trouble: Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life Vivian Gornick Yale University Press, September 2011 (Part of the “Jewish Lives” series of interpretative biography) 160 pages $25.00 In a new regular series, Anne Gray Fischer reviews books by or about … Continue reading

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