Favorite Books of 2017

My favorite books published in 2017 include Nina Riggs’ stunning and beautiful memoir written in her last living days, The Bright Hour; Kanishk Tharoor’s imaginative story collection, Swimmer Among the Stars; Hala Alyan’s expansively drawn novel depicting generations of displacement and discovery, Salt Houses; Zeina Hashem Beck’s second full-length poetry collection that sings with power and urgency, Louder than Hearts; and Melissa Febos’ lyric, layered memoir, Abandon Me.

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Listening: 27 Podcasts for Poets & Writers

leafI love listening to podcasts, particularly of great storytellers talking about their craft. Here are a few of my favorites that inspire me to keep up the soulfulĀ  work of being a writer. If you’re feeling in need of some inspiration, take your pick of these remarkable interviews with some of the best storytellers and creative thinkers of our time:

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