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The Works of 10 Contemporary Native American Poets

November is Native American Heritage Month — and we’re celebrating with a selection of poems from contemporary Native American writers. Joy Harjo, whose writing is featured below, once wrote: “The literature of the aboriginal people of North America defines America. It is not exotic. The concerns are particular, yet often universal.” These poets explore these universalities, as well as historical concerns and the issues facing Native Americans in the contemporary world. … Read More

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Enter Winter: 10 Poems for the End of Autumn

Thanksgiving’s coming up and there’s a definite chill in the air — so we thought we might warm ourselves by sharing ten of our favorite poems to accompany frosty mornings and leaf-shaking nights. Some of these poets’ speakers delight in snow and cold, and some get thoroughly depressed. A wintry mix, as it were. Curl up and read this near your favorite fire! … Read More

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NaNoWriMo: So, What Did We Actually Write in November?

When November began, many creative writers were anxious about the looming challenge of National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo. I was one of them. Even though I didn’t have a new novel in me, I wanted to capitalize on the energy of the legions of participants who would spend the the month scribbling, logging word counts, joining write-a-thons, and burning their candles late into the night in the pursuit of literary accomplishment. Or a 50,000-word draft, whichever should come first. … Read More

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20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

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5 Unthankful Literary Treats for Thanksgiving Day

Are you proud of your unthankfulness? Do you loathe Thanksgiving? Do you loathe everything? If so, you may want to disgust yourself with this cornucopia of literary misery, ready-made for your disapproval. Thwarted romance, hatred of country, bullies, Billy Crystal: it’s all here. Enjoy it now: you won’t thank me later. … Read More

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How to Be the Funniest Woman Writer on Twitter, With Megan Amram, Author of ‘Science… For HER!’

“It’s very hard to explain to some people,” comedian, writer, and funniest person on Twitter Megan Amran tells me over the phone. She’s talking about her first book, Science… For HER!, a demented fake women’s interest magazine-cum-textbook where “Megan Amram,” described as a “fun, flirty young woman living in Los Angeles, California,” is dumped by her boyfriend Xander, gets a crippling addiction to meth, and then downward spirals into telling all you bitches about the best innovations in science (like KALE!). … Read More

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The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings: Poetry as a Political Response

After listening to failed prosecutor Bob McCulloch debase the English language for 15 minutes on Monday night, repeatedly exculpating himself in favor of blaming social media, I felt ready to turn to the language of poetry. But I have to admit that I wasn’t (emotionally) ready for Tuesday’s post-Ferguson outpouring of what I’ll just call, for the sake of shorthand, response poems. Thankfully, as yesterday proved, response or reaction poems don’t have to be politically reactionary. … Read More

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Ferguson Library Flooded With Donations

One small point of hope in a dismal 24 hours out of Ferguson, Missouri. The library, which stayed open today… Read More

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10 Obscure Nonfiction Books by Your Favorite Fiction Writers

Sure, your favorite fiction writers probably have a book or two of nonfiction in them, be it a collection of essays (personal or critical) or a memoir about what it was like growing up to be them. But what about the outliers, the strange nonfiction journeys of our best writers? Did you know that E. Annie Proulx has an expert’s knowledge of cider, or that Willa Cather may have written a biography of a young woman who discovered her own religion? These nonfiction anomalies in a fiction writer’s life can tell us about the author’s passions — or, at the very least, what they wrote about for money. Here are our ten favorite nonfiction oddities and adventures by some formidable fiction writers. Some of these books are rare and out-of-print; some are still readily available (and worth your time). … Read More

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The True Story Behind the Letter That Inspired Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’

The famous “Joan Anderson” letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac has been found in Southern California. Cassady apparently wrote the letter to Kerouac in a drug-fueled, sex-crazed haze on December 17, 1950. The rest is literary history.

Kerouac famously called the letter “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better’n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves.” It was the muse that lent the jazzy energy and so-called “stream of consciousness” style to On the Road and the rest of his Duluoz Legend, in which Cassady appears as a clandestine presence (either as Dean Moriarty or Cody Pomeray). But the letter itself disappeared. … Read More

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