"Read what you want and when you want. Choosing what to read is about attuning yourself to what it means to benourished. By this I mean confronted, changed, filled, emptied, engrossed, surprised, instructed, consoled — all these. You. At this moment in time."
— Sonya Chung, at The Millions
"Sometimes poems come slowly in the sense that I live with them in a dissatisfied condition until I finally get what I was after, or what the poem was after. Sometimes they come very quickly in a first rush, then it takes months for the work of the poem to finish itself."
— From our interview with National Book Award Winner Robert Hass, who has now received one of Poetry’s highest honors: the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
"It is personal. That’s what an education does. It makes the world personal."
— National Book Award Winner Cormac McCarthy, from his novel The Sunset Limited. Find more wisdom from McCarthy at ShortList.
"Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color."
— Ken Chen at NPR, discussing the need for diversity in literature and at publishing houses.