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Join Us for Weekly Writes, Volume I

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Weekly Writes is a ten-week program designed to help you create original place-based fiction and nonfiction.

Volume I launched on July 1, 2018. Volume II coming soon!

Sign up for Volume 1 is now closed. The $15 fee includes one free, expedited submission after program completion.
Isabel MeyersJoin Us for Weekly Writes, Volume I
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The Common @ the National Book Foundation’s Why Reading Matters Conference

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Are you an educator? Do you work with students? Join us as The Common editors present at The National Book Foundation’s third annual Why Reading Matters conference on June 7 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. 

A man presents at a literary conferenceEditor in Chief Jennifer Acker and Associate Editor and Director of The Common in the Classroom Elizabeth Witte will be joined by Katherine Hill, a TC contributor and Assistant Professor of English at Adelphi University, for a panel discussion: Reaching from There to Here: broadening student perspectives through place-focused literature.

Check out more details on the conference here. TC readers receive a 15% discount on registration with the code: NBFFRIEND

Isabel MeyersThe Common @ the National Book Foundation’s Why Reading Matters Conference
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April Events

We’ve got a very busy April ahead of us – can you join us at an event? We’ll be sharing our work, our expertise, and our brand new Issue 15 contributors with the world!

Juniper

Juniper Literary Festival

April 7, 1:45-2:45pm, UMASS Amherst – The Common will be hosting a panel discussion at UMass’s Juniper Literary Festival alongside editors from renowned western Massachusetts literary magazines jubilatMeridians, and The Massachusetts Review to discuss what they’re looking for, how to submit to literary magazines, and the behind-the-scenes editorial process. Bring your questions! Then swing by the Book Fair to buy discounted copies of The Common. Click here for more info on the event!


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Easthampton Book Fest

April 14, 12-5pm, Eastworks Building, Easthampton – The Common will be participating in the Easthampton Book Fest; come find us in the Literary Marketplace! We’ll be selling discounted issues, answering questions, and maybe giving out a few freebies, too. Check out the bookfest website here!


TesseraeTesserae: Poetry in Community

April 22, 3:30-5pm, The Parlor Room, Northampton – Northampton’s Poet Laureate, Amy Dryansky, will host a special event on behalf of several local agencies that work to welcome and support immigrants and new Americans in the community. The event, Tesserae: Poetry in Community, will feature readings by award-winning poets Leslie Marie Aguilar, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Tamiko Beyer, Kirun Kapur, Oliver de la Paz and Ocean Vuong. As a sponsor of Tesserae, The Common will be posting an online feature of these poets on our website, so stay tuned! For more information on the venue, click here, and for full details about the event, click here.


Issue 15 NYC Launch Party

April 26, 6:30-8pm, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, NYC – Join The Common to celebrate our Spring Issue 15 Launch, featuring readings by Liz Arnold, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and translator Lissie Jaquette, followed by a discussion with editor in chief Jennifer Acker. The event is free and open to the public, so make sure to stop by! Find all the event details here.

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Issue 15 Launch Party

Headshots of Liz Arnold, Lissie Jaquette, and Emma Copley Eisenberg

Join us in celebrating Issue 15 of The Common! The evening will feature readings from Liz Arnold, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and translator Lissie Jaquette, followed by a discussion with the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker. This event is free and open to the public.

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Photos of LitFest 2018

More than 1,700 bibliophiles gathered on campus March 1-3 for LitFest 2018, the College’s third annual literary festival that included conversations and book signings with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen, and acclaimed Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, among others. Additional activities included master classes, a poetry slam, panel conversations and tours of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Common, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Emily Dickinson Museum partner with the College on this event.
Click here for the full write-up and more photos.

 

Photos by Maria Stenzel and Takudzwa Tapfuma ’17.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winner Junot Díaz Headlines Amherst College LitFest 2018

Featured authors include Masha Gessen, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Carmen Maria Machado, and Min Jin Lee

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Amherst College will host LitFest 2018, its third annual literary festival celebrating fiction, nonfiction, poetry and spoken-word performance, on March 1–3. The event, co-hosted by The Common, features readings and conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst College professor Masha Gessen, acclaimed Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, among others. All events are free and open to the public. All author events will take place in Johnson Chapel on the College’s campus and most will include an audience Q&A and author book-signings.

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The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. with “National Book Awards on Campus,” a partnership between the National Book Foundation, Amherst College and its award-winning literary magazine The Common. Parul Sehgal, New York Times book critic, will host a reading and conversation with 2017 National Book Award finalists for fiction Carmen Maria Machado, nominated for Her Body and Other Parties, and Min Jin Lee, nominated for Pachinko. Excerpts from both books are available to read here.

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The cover of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: black text on a white background and a reddish-pink silhouette of a boy's profile
The LitFest 2018 headline event takes place Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will give a reading, followed by a conversation hosted by Amherst College alumna Jennifer Acker, editor-in-chief of The Common.

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The festival continues Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. when Amherst College alumnus Cullen Murphy, editor-at-large of Vanity Fair, will host “Writing in America: Siblings Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen,” who will discuss their literary lives and work. Masha Gessen is currently the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College and the author of the 2017 National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Keith Gessen is a co-founder of n+1 and the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o headshot
The festival concludes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with “Ngũgĩ@80: This Time Tomorrow,” a reading and conversation with renowned Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books including Wizard of the Crow. The event will be hosted by Peter Kimani, an award-winning Kenyan poet and author and Amherst College’s visiting writer-in-residence.

Additional LitFest 2018 events include a poetry slam by Amherst College students, tours of the Emily Dickinson Museum, and a conversation with poets and Amherst College alumni Raphael Campo and Tess Taylor. Visiting authors will also teach master classes for Amherst College students. The festival is organized by Amherst College’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry, The Common and the Emily Dickinson Museum.

For the full event schedule and biographies of each guest, visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest.

Sunna JuhnPulitzer Prize-Winner Junot Díaz Headlines Amherst College LitFest 2018
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The Common Receives $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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The Common will receive its third grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2018. The Art Works grant of $10,000 will be awarded to The Common to help publish more and diverse writers, expand its readership, and also support The Common in the Classroom initiatives.

“We are thrilled to receive our third NEA grant as The Common heads into its 8th year of publication. The grant will go a long way to increase the diversity of authors and literary works published on our website and in print,” says Founder and Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker. “It will also support teachers and students who use The Common in the Classroom by expanding the library of online tools and resources.”

The Common Staff

The Common staff and interns. Left to right, standing Debbie Wen, Flavia Martinez, Managing Editor Emily Everett, Isabel Meyers. Seated Sunna Juhn, Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker, Madeline Ruoff. Not pictured: Julia Pike, Nayereh Doosti.

Emily EverettThe Common Receives $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
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The Common’s Nominations for the Pushcart Prize

We at The Common are proud to announce our nominations for the 2018 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, an accolade bestowed upon small-press writers for works of outstanding writing and literary talent. Each of our nominations represents this culmination of talent and ingenuity alongside the celebration of a daring and modern sense of place.

Emma CroweThe Common’s Nominations for the Pushcart Prize
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The Common’s 10 Most-Read Pieces of 2017

In The Common office, we’re getting so excited for the work we’ll be publishing, both in print and online, in 2018. But it seems only fitting to give one last nod to the fantastic pieces that we brought out in 2017. Below is a list of our most-read pieces of the year: the poems, essays, interviews, and art that made 2017 our biggest year yet for web traffic from around the world! We hope you’ll have a look, if you haven’t already, and see why this work struck a chord with readers this year.

Emily EverettThe Common’s 10 Most-Read Pieces of 2017
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