January Update pt. 1

The Hourglass Flow


New Ground-breaking Anthology

Twenty prizewinners are gathered in this multi-award-winning collection
that delves into many facets of culture not previously explored. It's being
taught in classrooms around the country and in Canada, discussed in
Book Clubs, and includes powerful essays by writers of color
Learn more


Resurrecting the Book

Narratively is one of my favorite “cult ‘zines” (that’s right, I’m coining that term)! Like the cult film, this online publication reaches a subculture with engaging stories you won’t find in mainstream magazines. In their “Long Live The Book” issue, they feature stories that show die-hard book lovers bucking the trend and keeping old-school reading alive. Learn more


Hip-Hop Nonprofit Offers Internship Opportunities

If you know about Words Beats & Life, then, like every other hip hop head, you know they are similar to Marvel Comics’ Avengers crew.  For 12 years, this team of super-creatives – headed by Mazi Mutafa – used their powers for good, transforming individual lives and whole communities through hip hop. Now, they’re giving you a chance to #dogoodbetter with internship opportunities. Build your skills and expand their cipher. Learn more





Donate to Cave Canem

As a home for the many voices of African American poetry, Cave Canem’s (CC) committed to cultivating a young poet’s artistic and professional growth. Some of my poet friends and I benefitted from CC’s summer residency, our forged friendships and the reading series that helps fellows and alumni get their new books out to a broader community. You can ensure that opportunity for future CC fellows and alumni with a donation.



James McBride in The Writer

The Writer Magazine has a lineup of its top stories of 2013: "Structure a premise for stronger stories," "Five of our favorite writerly blogs," and "Alice Hoffman: How I Write". What's not included, but should also be listed as a top article, is their  interview with National Book Award-winner James McBride, who talks about his writing process, inspiration and confronting failure. Read on



Poetry Special Sale!

There are about 120 poems between Derrick Weston Brown's Wisdom Teeth and my DRIFT. Get them for a grand bargain of 17 cents a poem.  Learn More



The Hourglass Flow

To write all night long, the hourglass is still slow/flow from Hellborn to free power like Wilco. --MF Doom (from De La Soul's "Rock Co Kane")

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