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The Writer’s Chronicle

First established in 1967 as the AWP Newsletter, the Writer’s Chronicle serves as a leading source of information for writers, editors, students, and teachers of writing. Each issue features writing news, essays on craft, and interviews with authors. The Writer’s Chronicle is for those who love reading and writing.



Current Issue: April 2024

A laptop displaying the cover of the Writer’s Chronicle, which shows two parents writing at desks while their kids lie on the floor and color

Featured Articles

  • The Chaos Agents: A Conversation with Caitlin Horrocks and W. Todd Kaneko
  • Still Very Much Me: On Becoming a Mother and Not Becoming an Art Monster
  • Ready to Dream Again: A Conversation with A. Van Jordan
  • On Avoiding Melodrama and the Occasional Ditch
  • The Mask and the Unmasking: What Poets and Actors Share
  • The Best of Both Genres: The Rise of the Novel in Verse

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Sample Articles

Article Author

A Conversation With Mark Tredinnick

Chikodi Adeola Olasode

In Working Order, or Proxemics & the Poetry Book

Anna Leahy

Craft Inc.

Christopher Kempf

Iambs & Isotopes

Elizabeth Bradford, Lucille Lang Day, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ann Fisher-Wirth, & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Negotiating to Keep the Poem Alive

Brian Brodeur

Two Roads to the Ruins

Deborah Bacharach & Dia Calhoun

Let Them Write

Tim Waggoner

Writing for the Freshest Air

Michael Colbert

Black Lives Matter & the Poetics Of Justice

Philip Metres

Disorder in Suspension

J.D. Scrimgeour

A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez

Chapman Hood Frazier

Murdered, or Concealed

Sara Hailstone

Containing Multitudes

Alicia Ostriker

Don’t Tell Me What To Do

Debra Spark

Maxine Hong Kingston & the New Horizons of American Memoir

Richard Goodman

Let Scotland Burn Yella

Patrick Moran

Raising the Volume

Aviya Kushner, Sharon Dolin, Katherine E. Young, Andrea Jurjevic, Nancy Naomi Carlson

Bare Poetry

Jasmine V. Bailey

Cathleen Schine & the Comic Tradition

Cathleen Schine

On Arab Feminist Writers

Jasmin Attia

A Poet of the World, For the World

Jonathan Harrington

Writing the Story of Mental Illness for Young Readers

Ann Jacobus and Nancy Bo Flood

Craft Elements of Multilingual Poetry in America

Amanda Galvan Huynh

Poetry Grabbed Me by the Collar: An Interview with Eli Clare

Kathi Wolfe

On Inaugural Poet—Amanda Gorman

E. Ethelbert Miller

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: An Appreciation

Kathi Wolfe

Catastrophe and Survival: Women Ecopoets Navigate Pathways Past Denials:

Camille T. Dungy, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Brenda Hillman, Sandra Meek, & Aimee Nezhukumatathil

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Identity

Eileen Cronin

Imagining Your Way through Pandemic: A Love Letter for Students of Creative Writing in Times of Crisis

Emily Carr

Writing in a Time of Disaster

Debra Spark

What The Plague Can Teach Us About Ourselves

Michael C. White

"Embracing my tribe of writers": A Conversation with Sue William Silverman

Supriya Bhatnagar

Carolyn Kizer and the Liberation of Creative Writing

Annie Finch

A Conversation on Craft with Ursula K. Le Guin

David Naimon

Middle Passage at 25: Charles Johnson Reflects on His National Book Award–Winning Novel and More

Robin Lindley

Towards a New Creative Writing Pedagogy

Fred D'Aguiar

Ferguson, Whiteness as Default, & the Teaching of Creative Writing

David Mura

In Our Way: Racism in Creative Writing

Claudia Rankine

An Interview with William Least Heat-Moon

William Naparsteck

The Quarrel with Ourselves: Robert Penn Warren’s “World of Action and Liability”

Natasha Trethewey

The Master Craftsman: Function Follows Form in Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady

Douglas Bauer

Ars Poetica and the Talking Cure: Poetry, Therapy, & the Quest to Create

Lisa C. Krueger

Endlessly Branching: An Interview with Arthur Sze

Andy Fogle

Shine in that Vivid Isolation: A Case Study of the Ghazal in the Contemporary American Lyric

Tyler Mills

Balancing Craft & Commitment: Writing Political Fiction

Rosellen Brown, Tracy Daugherty, & Ellen Meeropol

The Postmodern Memoir

Hugh Ryan

The Absence of Their Presence: Mythic Character in Fiction

Steven Schwartz

A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Chapman Hood Frazier

Novel Anxiety: Notes from the Genre War Trenches

Martha Cooley

Between Starshine & Clay:An Interview with Lucille Clifton

Remica L. Bingham

Make it New/Make it Funky: An Interview with Cornelius Eady

Jona Colson

Where the Arc Leads: What American Women's Literary History Reveals About the Contemporary MFA Writer

Elizabeth Eshelman

Turning the Screws of Story Construction with Henry James

Aimee Liu

Odds on Ends

Molly Giles

Poetry & Ethics: Writing About Others

Natasha Sajé

Like Water Remembering Light: An Interview with Marilyn Nelson

Leslie McGrath

How We Are Changed by the Rhythms of Poetry

Karin de Weille

Sin's Entertainment: On Dante's Inferno

Martha Cooley

Silence & Storytelling

Alice Mattison

Elegy for Desire: Luis Omar Salinas 1937-2008

Christopher Buckley

Machines Made Out of Words: Translating Function & the Translator's Function

Tony Barnstone

The Interval in Writing: What Happens Between Pussycats & Thugs Does Not Stay Between Pussycats & Thugs

Brian Baldi

The Meandering River: An Overview of the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction

Sue William Silverman

On Difficulty in Poetry

Reginald Shepherd

My Touchstones

Alan Cheuse

Aural Invention as Floral Splendor: Louis Zukofsky's Vision of Natural Beauty in 80 Flowers

Leon Lewis

Beautiful Clarity: Jane Kenyon, Anna Akhmatova, and the Luminous Particular

David Harbilas

Ouija, Canoe, Haiku: A Collaborative Inquiry into Collaborative Poetry

Isaac Cates & Chad Davidson

An Interview with Rita Dove

Elizabeth Alexander

Return to Sender: Memory, Betrayal, and Memoir

Mark Doty

An Interview with Chang-rae Lee

Sarah Anne Johnson

An Interview with Edward P. Jones

Sherry Ellis

Peering at Privacy in Creative Nonfiction

Kaylene Johnson

"Imp of Verbal Darkness": Poetry Hoaxes & the Postmodern Politic

Rebecca Warner

An Interview with Ai

Tomas Q. Morin

Writing and Moaning

Alan Cheuse

An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Ramola D

The Treasure Trove of Metaphor: More on Poetry Anthologies

Rachel Hadas

An Interview with Nick Hornby

Tom DeMarchi

A Conversation with Dorothy Allison

Renée Olander

Remembering Eudora Welty

Richard Bausch

Poetry and Survival

Gregory Orr

An Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips

Sarah Anne Johnson

An Interview with Li-Young Lee

Marie Jordan

The Muse in the News

Andrew Ciofalo

"Tis Backed Like a Weasel": The Slipperiness of Metaphor

Tony Hoagland

Self-Censorship & the Alternatives

André Schiffrin

Bend Sinister: A Handbook for Writers

Alice McDermott

An Interview with Louise Glück

Jonathan Farmer

From Long Shots to X-Rays: Distance & Point of View in Fiction Writing

David Jauss

An Interview with Reginald McKnight

Renée Olander

The Self as a Literary Construct

Jocelyn Bartkevicius

An Interview with Mark Doty

Dale Boyer

Italicized Writings

Diana Garcia

Reviewing Literary Citizenship

Valerie Miner

On the Founding of WC&F: Community for Writers

Kelleen Zubick

Breaking the Code of Silence: Ideology and Women's Confessional Poetry

Judith Lynn Harris

Hypertext: Of Mouse & Man

Sven Birkerts

An Interview with Mary Oliver

Renee Olander

An Interview with Rosellen Brown

Alexander Neubauer