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February 1, 2016 - Blog

SUNY Geneseo is can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough-excited to launch NaRMo: National Book Review Month – under two hours to go until February begins and we can all @getreviewing

We at NaRMo have participated in National Novel Writing Months and National Poetry Writing Months, and it’s great to see the products of such intensive generative cycles.

But where is the space to review all this great contemporary writing?

We’re constantly hearing, for example, about the “death” of poetry, or of experimental writing, or the short-story, or books themselves. As Chrissy Montelli, writing on the Gandy Dancer blog (the SUNY system’s literary magazine) put it: “if you have to keep declaring, over and over, that poetry is dead, it can’t actually be dead.” The reason for repeated attempts to cremate the literary arts often boils down to lack of awareness: the writers of such articles haven’t found the scintillating contemporary writing that would convince them to put down pen, shrug off  misanthropy, and settle down to read some amazing writing, about which they could then write.

That amazing writing is out there, and we hope NaRMo will provide readers with ways to find it, and reviewers with an excuse to shout it from the virtual rooftops.

Please join us, whether here, on Twitter, on Facebook, or in whatever part of the internet or the physical world makes sense to you: reviews on online retailers, notecards in people’s mailboxes, letters to friends.

We look forward to hearing about your books!

The NaRMo team.

 

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