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theatlantic:

What’s the Ideal Day Job for a Poet?

Writers who have day jobs outside the literature industry aren’t a new thing. Oscar Wilde wrote, “The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer.” Essays at The Millions, Ploughshares, and elsewhere feature stories of folks who have made the double life of writer and Joe or Jane Worker fruitful and rewarding. Short story writer Lorrie Moore wrote, “First, try to be something, anything, else,” in her essay “How to Be a Writer.”
Poet Amy Woolard, named one of the 50 Best News Poets of 2013 by Best New Poets editor Brenda Shaughnessy, has tried “something, anything, else”—including, most recently, working as a child-welfare lawyer. But she has also kept writing. I spoke with her about what it’s like to maintain a career in poetry while also maintaining a demanding, white-collar day job. A condensed, edited version of that email conversation follows.
Read more. [Image: Flickr/Tony Hall]

theatlantic:

What’s the Ideal Day Job for a Poet?

Writers who have day jobs outside the literature industry aren’t a new thing. Oscar Wilde wrote, “The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer.” Essays at The Millions, Ploughshares, and elsewhere feature stories of folks who have made the double life of writer and Joe or Jane Worker fruitful and rewarding. Short story writer Lorrie Moore wrote, “First, try to be something, anything, else,” in her essay “How to Be a Writer.”

Poet Amy Woolard, named one of the 50 Best News Poets of 2013 by Best New Poets editor Brenda Shaughnessy, has tried “something, anything, else”—including, most recently, working as a child-welfare lawyer. But she has also kept writing. I spoke with her about what it’s like to maintain a career in poetry while also maintaining a demanding, white-collar day job. A condensed, edited version of that email conversation follows.

Read more. [Image: Flickr/Tony Hall]

More from Grant Snider.

More from Grant Snider.

theparisreview:

The Emily Dickinson Archive, providing digital access to the poet’s surviving ephemera, is live. And has sparked all kinds of scholarly infighting! “They have the furniture, we have the daguerreotype; they have the herbarium, we have the hair,” says one archivist.
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

The Emily Dickinson Archive, providing digital access to the poet’s surviving ephemera, is live. And has sparked all kinds of scholarly infighting! “They have the furniture, we have the daguerreotype; they have the herbarium, we have the hair,” says one archivist.

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

It’s on! Chancellors Reading tonight! NYU Skirball Center, 7pm. Come out and buy tickets to all our Poets Forum events. Details: http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj

It’s on! Chancellors Reading tonight! NYU Skirball Center, 7pm. Come out and buy tickets to all our Poets Forum events. Details: http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj

Check out the good work happening at Brooklyn Poets.

Check out the good work happening at Brooklyn Poets.

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Award-winning poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché will present this year’s Blaney Lecture: “Not Persuasion But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.” Just one of the many awesome events we have in store.
#POFO13 starts this Thursday. Blaney Lecture goes down Friday, 3:30 pm. Tickets & info: http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj

Award-winning poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché will present this year’s Blaney Lecture: “Not Persuasion But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.” Just one of the many awesome events we have in store.

#POFO13 starts this Thursday. Blaney Lecture goes down Friday, 3:30 pm. Tickets & info: http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj

Poets Forum starts next week. Do you have your tickets? http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj
#POFO13

Poets Forum starts next week. Do you have your tickets? http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj

#POFO13