Rigoberto Gonzalez Poetry Reading on ASU Tempe Campus
Rigoberto Gonzalez, acclaimed poet and Superstition Review contributor, will be reading from his work in the Memorial Union Pima Auditorium (MU 230), on ASU’s Tempe campus, Monday Nov. 7th at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book signing will follow.
Gonzalez is the author four books of poetry. Unpeopled Eden, his most recent, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. Currently he is a professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and has earned graduate degrees from the University of California, Davis, and Arizona State University.
The event will be hosted by the Department of English and Creative Writing Program at ASU, along with the Humanities Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
13 Famous Writers on Overcoming Writer’s Block
With National Novel Writing Month in full swing, it’s a good time to reflect on the writing process, whether you plan to pen a novel in 30 days or not. Famous authors, from Hemingway to Angelou, give their tips on how to avoid the dreaded writer’s block and keep on writing.
From walking, to having a good shave, to just stopping when you really get going, writers will always have a creative way to increase productivity and get words on the page.
Read all 13 authors’ advice here.
25 Books to Help You Understand America in 2016
2016 has been a year replete with anxiety and trepidations about the future. In a political climate and society thriving off so much division, books can provide a way to understand and work through important issues.
Penguin Random House lists 25 books to help readers to be better and more informed people in 2016. From classics works of literature from James Baldwin and Raymond Carver, to excellent works of non-fiction on issues such as climate, democracy, and liberty, there’s a lot for readers to take in.
In tumultuous times, it’s helpful to remember that F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
See all 25 books here.
The Book Nerd’s Guide to Prioritizing Your To-Read List
For many readers, the realization that there are so many good books and not enough time to read them can be a daunting one. Piles of books take over nightstands and coffee tables, and soon the to-read list grows so long it feels hopeless. Luckily the Book Nerd over at Barnes and Noble has a few tips on better prioritizing the books you want to read.
What are your reading goals this year? What are your reading commitments, book clubs, etc.? How are you feeling, do you need a good laugh? Will the newest season of your favorite show be up on Netflix before you’ve gotten to that point in the book series? These are all questions that help whittle down your reading list so you can spend less time deciding and more time reading.
See all the tips here.
Featured Partner: The Florida Review
The Florida Review is seeking submissions to the 2017 Jeanne L. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. The deadline for all submissions is December 30, 2016.
The Jeanne L. Leiby Award is given to the single best prose manuscript entry in Fiction, Essay, or Graphic Narrative. In addition to publication, the winner will also receive $1000. Second place will receive tuition at Sanibel Island Writers Conference and a selection of the entry considered for publication in The Florida Review.
Visit our submissions guidelines for more information.
Featured Partner: Nimrod Journal
Nimrod International Journal announces the 39th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication, and second prizes of $1,000 and publication.
For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one short story, 7,500 words maximum. Include a cover sheet with titles of the works and the author’s name, address, phone, and email. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription). Postmark deadline: April 30th. Complete rules: https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/awards.html.
Featured Partner: The Los Angeles Review
After the Dam – Amy Hassinger
Available where books are sold
“This book does what my favorite books always do: grab the reader with tautness and fierce intelligence, so that even the quiet drama of it gets pulled into the page-turning qualities of the narrative. I could say, Read this book. Instead I’ll say, Start this book. You won’t stop reading until its terrific ending.”
—Leigh Allison Wilson, author of Wind and From the Bottom Up
“Forces of nature—big water and big love—come together in this unforgettable literary page-turner. Amy Hassinger has woven a tale out of the very earth where the Ojibwe live. Her protagonist—Rachel—is a lover, mother, and activist, a woman of our time on a hero’s journey toward wholeness.”
—Patricia Henley, author of Hummingbird House, finalist for the National Book Award