Lit Boston: What’s Happening in May?

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In the May 2018 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.

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Meet a Grubbie: Joanna Kim

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GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. Meet Joanna Kim, the first-ever recipient of the Anita Shreve Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences.

 

What author, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

Probably Flannery O’Connor! She masterfully addresses the human condition in her pieces, and she owned a farm of peacocks. How do you raise peacocks on a writer’s income ...

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Meet a Grubbie: Jéssica Oliveira

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GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. Meet our 2018 Emerging Writer Fellowship recipient Jéssica Oliveira. The Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences.  

 

What author, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

I want to say Jhumpa Lahiri because “A Temporary Matter” is the first piece of writing to make me feel so seen and affirmed that it brought me to ugly, hiccupping ...

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How Can Journals Do More to Improve Representation?

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In late November, members and friends of the GrubStreet Writers of Color Group met with editors from local literary journals and magazines to talk about the publishing process, the concerns facing writers of color when they submit to magazines, and what journals can do to improve representation of writers of color. Group member and GrubStreet instructor Daphne Strassmann gives us the key points of the discussion, including what both writers and editors can do differently when it comes to submissions.

 

Writers wrestle many demons of insecurity when it comes to submitting work for publication. For some authors, like myself, self-doubt ...

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The Writing Life

Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

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By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

Katrin Schumann

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