January 06, 2019

Poets & Writers to Honor Reginald Dwayne Betts, Neil Gaiman, Roxana Robinson

Poets & Writers today announced that the 2019 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards will be given to Reginald Dwayne Betts, Neil Gaiman, and Roxana Robinson. The Writers for Writers Award was established by Poets & Writers in 1996 to recognize authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.

July 04, 2018

“Breathing” in The New Yorker

“On weekends, my husband and I are in a house near a lake, surrounded by woods. We are miles away from everything. When we wake up there, it is to silence, and for some time on those mornings we lie still, letting the day gather around us, listening to each other breathe.”

November 04, 2017

Teaching “Madam Bovary”

“Each fall, I teach Madame Bovary to my graduate writing students at Hunter College, and each fall I read it with them. My course is called Introduction to the Modern: The Role of Compassion. So we look at modernism, and how it disrupts the literary world, and at compassion, and how it expands the soul. I ask my students a fundamental question about intention: Does Flaubert want us to feel contempt or compassion for his characters?”

October 25, 2017

Roxana Robinson: Writers on Writing

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

 The need for empathy. Empathy enlarges the writer’s understanding, engages the reader, and widens the story…

April 17, 2017

The Writer’s Hotel

The Writer’s Hotel is a hybrid writers conference that meets each June at a floating campus between three hotels in Midtown Manhattan. TWH is unique. We work with each writer on their writing, for months before our conference. On site in NYC in June, writers attend large and small workshops, agent pitch meetings, editor lectures and genre labs.

October 25, 2016

The Writer’s Zone

On an episode of The Writer’s Zone with host Genevieve Morgan.

October 04, 2016

The Meaning Of Elena Ferrante

(Whoever She May Be)

Italian writer Elena Ferrante is in the headlines after her true identity was revealed. But we’ll look at the bigger story: How she speaks so powerfully to women’s journeys. Podcast with Elissa Schappell, and Ann Goldstein on WBUR’s “On Point.”

Click here to listen to the podcast.

August 23, 2016

Dear President

In a quest for thoughtful reflection about the future of our country, Poets & Writers invited a group of writers to share their hopes for the nation with the next president of the United States, whoever that may be.

Click here to read the full text

April 28, 2016

Elena Ferrante: Frantumaglia

Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has become a worldwide sensation with her Neapolitan novels. Ann Goldstein, Ferrante’s longtime English-language translator, joins authors Roxana Robinson and Judith Thurman to discuss the work of this enigmatic author and her collection of essays and letters, Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin, coming out in November.

February 07, 2016

“How Google Stole the Work of Millions of Authors”

A piece I published at the Wall Street Journal on the copyright-infringement case against Google: “Last week publishers, copyright experts and other supporters filed amicus briefs petitioning the Supreme Court to hear the copyright-infringement case against Google brought by the Authors Guild. The court’s decision will determine how and whether the rights and livelihood of writers are protected in the future.” You can read it at WSJ.COM, though it requires a subscription