Reading + Literature
For more than two decades, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has published well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief essay form, along with craft essays and book reviews. Though still committed to the mission of publishing new writers, Brevity has been fortunate over the years to include the work of three Pulitzer prize finalists, numerous NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, and Japan. Authors published in Brevity include Abigail Thomas, Lia Purpura, Roxane Gay, Diane Seuss, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Steven Barthelme, Joe Mackall, Ander Monson, Caitlin Horrocks, Jennifer Percy, Jon Pineda, Brenda Miller, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Robin Hemley, David L. Ulin, Heather Sellers, Matthew Gavin Frank, Lee Martin, Rebecca McClanahan, Barbara Hurd, Bret Lott, Ira Sukrungruang, Rigoberto González, Judith Kitchen, Michael Martone, and Jenny Boully.
Work from Brevity has been anthologized and reprinted in venues including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Utne Reader, the Short Takes anthology, the Best Creative Nonfiction anthology from W.W. Norton, and many recent writing textbooks.
Over the past year Brevity drew more than 13,000 unique visitors per month, while the Brevity blog currently has more than 45,000 subscribers.
Creative Nonfiction is the 2018 winner of the AWP Small Press Publisher award, which acknowledges hard work, creativity, and innovation, and honors a magazine’s contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work. Essays originally published in Creative Nonfiction have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and have been featured in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and other collections.
Creative Nonfiction is fuel for nonfiction writers and storytellers, providing a lively blend of exceptional long- and short-form nonfiction narratives and interviews as well as columns that examine the craft, style, trends, and ethics of writing true stories.
Creative Nonfiction has consistently featured prominent authors from the United States and around the world and in its 24 years has helped launch the careers of some of the field’s most exciting writers. Creative Nonfiction has a circulation of 10,000 and serves the whole spectrum of readers, from nonfiction and journalism enthusiasts to poetry and fiction writers, editors and agents.
I discovered Brainpickings.org a few years ago and have loved it ever since! Maria Popova writes about what she reads. It’s a one-woman labor of love. Drawn from her extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of her own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.
The writing is brilliant, beautiful and inspiring no matter the topic. Though there is plenty of articles on writing advice and wisdoms from celebrated authors.
Maria Popova has written for The New York Times, Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Harvard’s Nieman Reports, among others, and is the author of “Figuring”.
Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.
Gooreads.com is a great resource for keeping track of the books you’ve read, curating your own reading lists, getting passionate reviews of books from other avid readers, joining niche communities for genres and lifestyles all centered around reading. It’s also a good tool for published authors to directly engage with and market to their audience.