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Friday Fiction Recommendation: “School” by Melissa Goodrich

Welcome to the end of summer and the beginning of autumnal mornings with blustery afternoons. Perhaps Melissa Goodrich’s story “School” won’t give you the feel-goods about the back-to-school-season, but it does offer an incredibly rich portrayal of the battle of the sexes, played out in these angsty students who can’t see beyond the stereotypes they’ve […]

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Explaining Gender Identity to Children Through Books

“How do I explain it to my kids?” Talking to kids about gender is a new topic that parents have to prepare themselves to discuss. However, introducing children to diversity that they may not experience inside the home is important. It is within the rights of the parents to have a respectful, intelligent discussion about […]

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A Call for More Poetry in the Curriculum of K-12 Students

The Academy of American Poets has been working for years to broaden public interest in and access to American poetry. In terms of publishing, poetry is one of the hardest genres to have success in. Poem-a-Day was started in 2006 and now reaches an audience of more than 300,000 people. This program releases one new […]

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NPR Challenges Misrepresentation of Islam

NPR’s Muslim Artists, Now series attempts to close the gap in our understanding of Islam and the cultures that it has helped shape. The series reveals how art can change the perspective of the Muslim community in the world at large. Few things are more widely misrepresented than Islam. This stems from the medias portrayal […]

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Long Novels Worth the Commitment

There’s something oh-so-satisfying about sinking into a long novel, one that you know you won’t blow through on your lunch breaks by the middle of the week. Sometimes it seems like delving into long novels is a commitment we aren’t always willing to make. Maybe it’s our obsession with instant gratification or our inability to […]

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From Caravans to Delacorte: A History of Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, in large cities and small towns across America, William Shakespeare commandeers the public parks. The local Shakespeare in the Park festivals are almost always free, and, to be candid, of varying production values. For some people, it’s the only theatre they’ll see all year. So how and why did this summer ritual begin? […]

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The Real Reason You Can’t Stop Reading 90s Nostalgia on BuzzFeed

Countless millennials admit to being apprehensive about adulthood, claiming that they would much prefer the simplicity of childhood. This claim has become more than just a defense mechanism against an extremely tough job market as media outlets have harnessed millennial’s desire to regress into childhood and are delivering content that speaks to this yearning. If you’re confused by […]

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Friday Fiction Recommendation: Nathan Englander’s “Free Fruit For Young Widows”

Nathan Englander’s “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a remarkable investigation into the pitfalls and ambiguity of morality. Englander is a writer from West Hempstead, Long Island. He lived in Israel for five years in the 1990s and now resides in Brooklyn. In 2010, The New Yorker published his short story, “Free Fruit for Young Widows”, […]

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Zinster Interview Series Part 2: The Editors of “Walk Write Up”

“Walk Write Up” is the infinitely quirky zine that features artists who deliver seriously innovative poetry, comics, illustrations and more. The Witty Agent had the opportunity of chatting with Editor-in-Chief Audrey Frischman and co-editors Laura Been and Philip Santos Schaffer for part two of our Zinster Interview Series. The team explained exactly what makes “Walk Write Up” […]

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New Book Releases in August: Next Month’s Literary Menu

August, summer’s denouement. Though this month can be a bit of a drag as it reminds us of the ever encroaching end of summer, there is still one thing to look forward to and that’s books. When in doubt … read a lot. It just so happens that there’s a sufficient batch of fiction, nonfiction, […]

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The Best Small Presses to Get Your Poetry Published

The idea of trying to get your work published can be anxiety inducing for a burgeoning poet, and publishing a chapbook may seem like an impossible dream. Chances are you’ve heard countless stories of rejection, and maybe it’s made you pessimistic. Maybe, despite feeling confident that you have a complete collection of poetry, you aren’t […]

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