News & Announcements

Guest Editor David Yezzi

We’re pleased to say that our Summer 2014 issue will be guest edited by David Yezzi. Yezzi has written several books of poetry–most recently Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013)–and is the poetry editor of The New Criterion. His poems and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New […]

AWP & Classification

Two items you should check out at the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog. First, one reporter’s impressions of the recent AWP conference in Seattle. AWP is nothing if not…exhausting. But it’s also great to be around so many writers, editors, and book lovers. (Says Sasha Weiss, “A.W.P. feels like a giant reunion of English majors […]


We’re in Seattle for the AWP Conference. If you’re here, stop by and visit!

Failing Well

An interesting article by Megan McArdle over at The Atlantic about writing and procrastination. McArdle speculates that writers often put off their writing assignments until the last minute because they’re afraid to fail. As McArdle puts it, “Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up […]

Sir Andrew Motion

The Writing Seminars will be welcoming Chaffee Visiting Writer Sir Andrew Motion to campus next Tuesday (2/11). Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. Sir Andrew is a […]

Tudor & Stuart Graduate Reading Series

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/5) as we resume our Tudor & Stuart Graduate Reading Series. Richie Hofmann (poetry) and Nathan Washatka (fiction), two students in the Hopkins MFA program, will be sharing some of their work. The reading will take place in Gilman 388 at 7:00. More info here.

Saunders and Sympathy

Even before the New York Times Magazine declared The Tenth of December the best book of the year, George Saunders was a popular guy. Maybe not quite Bestseller-popular, but certainly beloved by writers and readers. There are plenty of reasons Saunders’s fiction is such a pleasure to read: the language, the humor, the genuineness of the […]

Art and Alcohol

Plenty of writers claim that alcohol makes writing easier. Plenty have been alcoholics. Yet the romantic image of the hard-drinking writer has faded from the public imagination. Where has it gone, and why did it ever arise in the first place? Adam Gopnik has a few theories. 

Paris Review Author Interviews

It’s been three years since the Paris Review made its archive of author interviews available online for free. Anyone who hasn’t spent time reading one or more of these extended interviews is really missing out. The current issue of the PR includes interviews with Geoff Dyer and Edward P. Jones.

Making Metaphors

Brad Leithauser explores the satisfactions and frustrations of hitting upon the perfect metaphor at the New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog. Leithauser is both a Hopkins Review editor and a professor at the Writing Seminars. You can read more of his Page-Turner posts here.