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"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium."
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  • Too many new authors believe that once their book is written the sales will just come pouring in and they will make a bundle. Sadly, this disillusionment is shattered when they receive a royalty check. The honest to goodness truth of the matter is that the writer's work is only started when the book is released.
  • John Siddique: "You know you've made it when one of your poems is immortalised in wool."
  • “If you were to send the 16th edition [of the Chicago Manual of Style] back to 2003, when the 15th edition came out, it would read like science fiction.”
  • The Claremont Review (Canada), publishing young writers age 13-19 years old since 1992, has announced the winners of their Annual Writing Contest. Judged by ​Jay Ruzesky, Susan Gee, and Beth Kope, the following winners will have their works published in the fall 2014 issue Poetry Award Winners First Place: “Sketches of a Green Card in Arizona” by Talin Tahajian Second Place: “Zeng Xiangshu, the
  • The most recent issue of Saranac Review makes room for a special section of poetry about Black Poetry Day. "For almost thirty years, SUNY-Plattsburgh has been home to an annual celebration of Black Poetry Day. The event was first established by Stanley Ransom, a librarian from the Town of Huntington, Long Island, in1970. Its purpose is to recognize the contributors of Black poets to American

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Recently, the writer and neurologist Alice W. Flaherty has argued that literary creativity is a function of specific areas of the brain, and that writer's block may be the result of brain activity being disrupted in those areas.