JUNE 20, 2019
Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate
Elliot Figman, executive director of Poets & Writers; Joy Harjo; and Susan Jackson
Photo credit: Richard Louissaint
Yesterday, the Library of Congress announced that Joy Harjo will be the next U.S. poet laureate. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she is the first Native American to serve as laureate. Earlier this week, Poets & Writers awarded Harjo the 2019 Jackson Poetry Prize. “Poets & Writers has accompanied me on my whole journey to becoming a poet and a writer,” said Harjo.

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New Markets for Your Work
Last month, we added eleven new titles to our  Literary Magazines database . Check out some of the new markets for your work:

Cascadia Rising Review seeks to publish work “that serves as a paean to the Pacific Northwest.”

Mount Island , which is dedicated to supporting rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists, publishes prose and poems that "buck the standard.

Juke Joint strives to find unconventional Southern (and non-Southern) voices in poetry.”

Rules for Writing
“Rule No. 10: Revise, revise, revise. I cannot stress this enough. Revision is when you do what you should have done the first time, but didn’t.” Colson Whitehead , whose seventh novel,  The Nickel Boys  (Doubleday, 2019), is featured in  Page One   in the July/August issue of  Poets & Writers Magazine , reads his 2012  New York Times  piece “How to Write” at the Muldoon’s Picnic variety show in New York City in 2015.

Poets & Writers Receives Grant From the Amazon Literary Partnership
We are happy to announce that Poets & Writers has received a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership. The $20,000 grant will provide support to United States of Writing, an initiative Poets & Writers launched earlier this year to expand its core programming to better serve writers coast to coast, especially writers of color and others from historically marginalized groups.

“With our 50th Anniversary on the horizon in 2020, we are committed to empowering creative writers and strengthening literary communities in every corner of the United States,” said Elliot Figman , executive director of Poets & Writers. “We are grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for supporting this bold vision.”

Heidi Diehl Recommends...
Fiction writer Heidi Diehl recommends a book with a structure that inspires her: “When I get stuck on the question of what’s happening in a piece of fiction, when my words feel stilted or dull, I like to read a bit of Lyn Hejinian’s  My Life  (Burning Deck, 1980).”

Jobs for Writers
Check out our  Classifieds  to find current calls for submissions, editorial services, rentals for a DIY retreat, and more. Here are a couple listings of note:

IKE’S CANYON RANCH WRITER’S RETREAT is a remote, high plains desert retreat, maintained by writers for writers in the spectacular Monitor Valley of Central NV. Our residencies, retreats, and workshops June–October are for writers seeking true silence and wild beauty to concentrate on their work. More info at  www.ikescanyon.com

THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Our online submissions are free and are accepted on a rolling basis. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  @medlitmessenger  and visit us at  https://med-lit.vcu.edu

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