5 Most Popular Posts: January 2016

  • February 2, 2016

We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. But all kidding aside, here are January’s winners.












  1. The Washington Writers Conference. Whether it was info on the panelists, participating agents, or breakout sessions, the pages devoted to our upcoming annual conference drew an enormous amount of traffic. (Ready to register? Click here.)

  2. “The 18 Best Books of (or about) Poetry.” If Grace Cavalieri keeps landing in the monthly top five, we may have to ban her from participating. She’s making the rest of us feel fat.

  3. “Mission Creep.” Must professional-writing programs crank out professional writers? Nope, says Mary Collins in this provocative essay that was continuously shared, tweeted, tweeted, and shared.

  4. A review of The Art of Grace by Sarah L. Kaufman. Mindy Aloff provided a thoughtful critique of the Washington Post dance critic’s new book, “an earnest, though uneven, ode to poise,” and graceful readers appreciated it.

  5. “Cheaters Sometimes Prosper.” In one of her most popular columns yet, Tara Laskowski granted dispensation to all you love-‘em-and-leave-‘em types rakishly bedding multiple book projects at once. Metaphorically speaking.
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