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Blog | August 25, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Popular Books by State, Panels Merger, Literary Podcasts + More

Greetings, Rioters! We’re winding down summer, so soak up the A/C where you can, and let’s dive into some interesting literary links.

Speaking of the the approaching autumn, Wendy C. Ortiz has a new book coming out on Halloween: the appropriately named Bruja (published by Civil Coping Mechanisms), and I’m excited to read it. I’d show you the cover, done by an artist also named Wendy Ortiz, but I’m having trouble with the uploader at the moment. Click on through for the artwork/description.

The comics site Panels is officially folding into Book Riot‘s site, rather than being a standalone sister-site, starting September 6th. So let’s take a look at

Blog | June 21, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Orlando, Pride Reads, Lit Lists + More


Friends, why is there a new tragedy to report upon every time I update here? My heart goes out to Orlando and to every person affected by gun violence. I hope we can soon change the laws in this country so that this doesn’t keep happening.

Here’s Wendy C. Ortiz‘s beautiful post on her grief for Orlando, queer love, and more.

All right, now to jump into my various literary bookmarks I’ve saved recently:

When I read this intro, I knew I would be interested in this interview:

In the midst of a heady world of poetry and liberal

Blog | May 11, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Prince Tributes, Publishing and Promo Tips + More

Man, I can’t believe we lost Prince since the last time I wrote one of these things. Supposedly, he was working on a memoir too. I imagine that there is a treasure trove of unreleased music, and I do not envy his family having to sort through all the legality of his estate.

At Electric Literature, Jesmyn Ward, Mira Jacob, Alexander Chee, and other writers pay tribute to the magical Purple One. My favorite song of his is “Little Red Corvette,” but I admit to only having a dusty CD or two in my possession. I loved his music, but for some reason I never

Blog | April 13, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Excellent Essays, Relationship Economics + More

GREETINGS, RIOTERS! Have your AWP-related hangovers subsided? (I’ve never attended, but I imagine there are some fierce hangovers happening every year.) If so, time to dive back into literary links with the latest Notes From Elsewhere.

Let’s start with some great things I’ve read at The Rumpus recently(ish):

Like him, these men are scared, still reeling from the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent recession and financial collapse, and the many social changes that threaten their values and what they see as the natural order of the world, in which they’re on top, unchallenged, ever in the right. Real men are never

Blog | March 31, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: VIDA Count, Diversity, Tracking Your Reading + More

I enjoyed this interview at Luna Luna, and this one at The Rejectionist, with Szilvia Molnar, whose chapbook, Soft Split, is available from Future Tense.

Greetings, Rioters! Happy Spring! It’s time for another round of “Stuff I’ve Enjoyed Reading and Have Had Saved in a Bookmarks Folder For Far Too Long” — but that title isn’t very Twitter–compatible, so we call it Notes From Elsewhere.

The 2015 VIDA Count is out! This year’s count includes race, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability, in addition to genders represented in literary publications large and small.

Also from VIDA: Here’s a list of presses run by women. Though not listed, it’s worth

Blog | February 17, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Highlights, Craft Thoughts + More

Check out these rad 19th century book-art pages.

Hello again, Rioters! Time again to look at books, essays, and craft notes that have caught my eye.

I feel like I haven’t done a really solid “Here’s some great stuff from The Rumpus” roundup in awhile. Let’s take a look at those starred items:

The Rumpus Interview with Margo Jefferson (author of Negroland)  by Dylan Foley “The Displeasure of the Table” by Toni Nealie, a wonderful essay about the close, tumultuous relationship we have with food, and the nostalgia involved. The Rumpus Interview with Sandra and Ben Doller by Maria Anderson — I admit the mention of Bozeman,

Blog | February 10, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author Updates, Awesome Women + More

Greetings, Rioters! I’ve decided my bookmark folder containing links for you all needs a good clear-out, so let’s have a few days’ worth Note From Elsewhere goodness, shall we? YES! Time to catch up.

First up, we have a shedload of WR Author Updates that I’ve neglected to tell you about:

Logen Cure, whose poem “These Are My Best Gifts” first appeared here, now has a full chapbook out called Still.

Previously seen here reviewing Philip Glass’ Einstein on The Beach, Fred Skolnik has a new novel, Death.

Katie Cortese has a collection of flash fiction out, Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories. Her story “Disappearing Act”

Blog | January 13, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: 2016 Reading Challenges, a Gaiman Bowie Tribute + More

Hello, Rioters. It’s been awhile (again), but I’ve still been paying attention to all the interesting bookish things out there, so let’s jump right in to the links catching my eye since we last met.

I’ve had this Peter Doggett book in my to-read pile forever, and I think it’s time to finally start it.

First off, like nearly everyone, I’m saddened by the death of David Bowie. Here is Neil Gaiman‘s story, “The Return of The Thin White Duke,” which he calls, “unabashedly fan fiction.”

Speaking of fan fiction, some new authors have entered the public domain —

Blog | November 17, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Finding our Humanity through Literature, Diversity + More

Hello, Rioters. It is a dark week for many parts of the world, and though this is not a news site, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Paris, Syria, Lebanon, and other countries experiencing horrible strife. Instead of a news story, a bit of history: “SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted:”

On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where

Blog | November 4, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Awards! Advice! Ace Reading Material!

Greetings, Rioters. Happy November to you all. Please forgive my excess of exclamation marks. Let’s cozy up to some interesting literary links, shall we?

A bit of Word Riot author news: Michelle Ephraim, whose creative nonfiction appeared here in September 2012, has a new book out with Caroline Bicks, Shakespeare, Not Stirred. Booze and Shakespeare? I’m in!

Submission Notes!

If you have a store between 2,000 and 10,000 words, Recommended Reading‘s deadline is November 6th. They pay $300.

PANK Magazine lives! When co-editors Roxane Gay and M. Bartley Seigel decided to stop publication, new owners stepped in. New details will be coming soon.

(Speaking of Roxane,

Blog | October 28, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Comics Suggestions, The Business Side of Writing + More

Hello, Rioters! Happy Halloween Week to you all. (‘Halloween Week’ is totally a thing. Just go with it.) Are any of you doing literary-themed costumes this year? I am, if one counts comic book characters (and I do).

Speaking of comics…

I’m also enjoying These are Comics! I Draw Them! by Michael Patrick McMullen. You can get his first collection for a mere 99 cents here.

If you like your comics heavy on the sex, Gina Nicoll at Panels has some suggestions for you. I keep meaning to read Sex Criminals, but have yet to get to it.

Also at Panels, Nikki

Blog | October 5, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Diversity, Nature, Love and Art

Hello, Rioters! Time to round up some interesting literary links that have caught my eye. First up, let’s check in with a past WR contributor:

Shebana Coelho, who has previously published three pieces here, has a new site: Write Out Loud Santa Fe. Contributors include Lisa Bertsch, Belinda Edwards, Ellen Fox, Dawn Hamilton, Amy Kaplan, María Cristina López, and Cati Perez Lacey.

Essays and Fiction of Note:

I really enjoyed this excerpt from Ellen Litman‘s Mannequin Girl, which went up at The Nervous Breakdown in March.

Also, check out this lovely essay from Melissa Harrison: Caught By An Unknown River.

Every time I read some of

Blog | August 25, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere Returns! Craft Advice + More

Hello everyone! Yes, it’s been at least four months since I’ve had any literary links ’round these parts. Let’s make up for lost time and look at some interesting stories that I’ve saved in my trusty WR bookmarks folder since April.

Couple of good Patricia Highsmith-related links to share: First, this look at her book, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I’ve always meant to read it, even though suspense fiction isn’t my usual neck of the writing-woods, since I figure we can all learn from it.

And here’s an article about what makes her work so adaptable to screen. I’m really looking forward

Blog | April 8, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Author Updates, Great Essays + More

Hello, Rioters! We have a few WR Author updates today, in addition to all the usual literary link goodness, so let’s get started.

Merle Drown, whose flash fiction piece “What They Did To Her” appeared here in 2008, has a new novel out,  Lighting The World.

Sandra Marchetti, whose poem “Semblance” appeared here last November, has a full length book of poems out, Confluence. The Rumpus gave it a review last month.

Queen’s Ferry Press announced it will publish Anthony Varallo’s collection, Everyone Was There, December 2016. Varallo’s short story “He Could Play the Clarinet” appeared here in February.

I’ve read some great essays

Blog | March 20, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Cashmoney Concerns, Comics + More


Hello, Rioters! It has been far too long, once again. Let’s skip the preamble and get right into some interesting links that have caught my eye.

Witty Bitches is looking for “talented, opinionated and funny writers to contribute.”

Chloe Caldwell outlines where/how she’s been paid for writing.

Literary agent Jennifer Laughran talks about how those six-figure book deals actually shake out, payment-wise.

And agent Janet Reid also has an informative post on book deals, this time dealing with five figures.

On a related note, at the Engine Books blog, Andrew Scott talks about teaching the business side of creative