Adroit Poetry Reader Deonte Osayande Competes in the National Poetry Slam

This year, Poetry Reader Deonte Osayande represented his hometown Detroit, MI in the National Poetry Slam! Read about his experience at the Adroit blog.

Feminist Fridays: What's the Deal with Jane Eyre?

At the Adroit blog, we’re debuting our new “Feminist Fridays” series, in which we examine the feminist merits of classic literature. First up is Blog Editor Amanda Silberling, who doesn’t feel too keen on Jane Eyre.

Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Ballou, Prose Editor

Dear Adroit: Advice for Teens, from Teens (August Edition)

The August Edition of “Dear Adroit” is here! Here’s how it works: our teenage readers send us questions, and we answer them. This month, we talk about how to know if your writing is “good,” and why there’s a “new teen paranormal romance” section at the bookstore, among other things.
[Want to be featured in next month’s edition of Dear Adroit? Send us questions at theadroitblog@gmail.com]

Anonymous said: When is the deadline for staff applications? I'd love to apply.

We accept applications for poetry and prose readers on a rolling basis— click here for more information about how to apply!

— Amanda Silberling // Director of Social Media Relations

Et tu, Bookstore? Then Fall, Lit Mag

What happens when an trip to New York City’s iconic The Strand Bookstore goes wrong? Read it on the Adroit blog.

The August edition of Dear Adroit ft. Blog Editor Amanda Silberling is around the corner, which means that we need you! 
Anything on your mind? Any writerly questions you may have? We want to hear them. 
E-mail questions about all things literary to theadroitblog@gmail.com, and your question just might be featured in the August edition of Dear Adroit! (And even if we don’t feature your question, you’ll probably receive an e-mail back from me anyway— I’m just a really nice person).
If you missed last month’s Dear Adroit, check it out!

The August edition of Dear Adroit ft. Blog Editor Amanda Silberling is around the corner, which means that we need you

Anything on your mind? Any writerly questions you may have? We want to hear them. 

E-mail questions about all things literary to theadroitblog@gmail.com, and your question just might be featured in the August edition of Dear Adroit! (And even if we don’t feature your question, you’ll probably receive an e-mail back from me anyway— I’m just a really nice person).

If you missed last month’s Dear Adroit, check it out!

"Trust yourself; read widely."

Stephen Burt | Interview with The Adroit Journal

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the NYC Poetry Festival this weekend! Rain can never keep the Adroit gang down.

Get Excited: the 2014 NEW YORK CITY POETRY FESTIVAL Approaches! — The Adroit Journal

Come hang out with us this Saturday! 4:30, Governor’s Island, NYC Poetry Festival, Chumley’s Stage. Be there.

Staff Spotlight: Miles Hewitt, Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire — The Adroit Journal

Check out out new Staff Spotlight with Poetry Reader/Cool Music Guy Miles Hewitt! We hope you love him as much as we do.

Anonymous said: Do you pay for stories accepted for publication? I was just curious

We aren’t able to pay contributors, unfortunately. However, we do give our published pieces very wide exposure (we’ve had our new website for about a month, and already have tens of thousands of hits!), and sometimes we’ll even invite contributors to participate in interviews or read for us at big events. Most importantly, you get to join the lovely Adroit-affiliated family! We’d like to think we’re pretty cool, but we might just be humoring ourselves.

— Amanda Silberling // Director of Social Media Relations

"I teach poetry as a means of survival to endangered species, my black students."
— Masks, Deonte Osayande (Adroit Poetry Reader)

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Conversations with Contributors, featuring Sean Patrick Hill (Part I)

Read Blog Editor Amanda Silberling’s two-part interview with Sean Patrick Hill, Issue 9 Poet!

"If the reader, any reader, one reader is moved by the poem so that their consciousness is expanded, however minutely, then something has happened… Something has changed on the earth, if only a bit or for a moment, in the right direction."

Sean Patrick Hill, interviewed by The Adroit Journal