September 11, 2018

Luck, Lit, & Gutter Spouts

By Derek Mong

I was twenty-three years old when I won the Hopwood Award for Poetry. A recent college grad, I lived in a leaky apartment that I’d furnished with lawn furniture and […]

May 31, 2018

Should Fiction Writers Study Literary Theory?

By Aatif Rashid

In her 2010 review of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, Elif Batuman makes the following observation: a schism has opened up between literary scholarship and creative writing: disciplines which differ in […]

March 10, 2016

Straddling the MFA Divide

By Laura Maylene Walter

Whenever I come across yet another article discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of MFA programs, something inside me dies. Or maybe it yawns. Again and again, I’ve read the […]

September 2, 2015

The Daniel Swiftboating of Helen Vendler

By Derek Mong

The knives are out again for Helen Vendler. In a recent review for The Spectator, Daniel Swift accuses the poetry critic of performing a bloodless “scientific evaluation of literature.” Her […]

March 28, 2014

MFA vs. Banana

By Zach Savich

Would you like to attend a parade in honor of chapbooks this weekend? If you are near Amherst, MA, you can do so as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration […]

September 21, 2010

Wishes and Whips

By Elizabeth Ames Staudt

What is wrong with books? What is wrong with me that I so love reading about what’s wrong with the stuff I love? When I see links cropping up on […]