What is The Reading?

The Reading is a creative writing advice column. On Sundays, I answer a reader letter on a writing conundrum (like this). On Wednesdays, I answer a short question on more nitty-gritty craft and industry details and host a discussion (like this) for paid subscribers.

[Photo by HK Goldstein: I have short black hair under a grey backwards cap and thin black glasses. I’m wearing a grey shirt, smiling back at the camera, on the right side of the frame, with a blurred out view of blur sky over house and apartment roofs.]

About the author: Yanyi is a writer and critic. He is the author of Dream of the Divided Field (One World Random House, forthcoming 2022) and The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019), winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry, and named one of 2019’s Best Poetry Books by New York Public Library. His work has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and A Public Space, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. Currently, he is poetry editor at Foundry. Find out more at yanyiii.com.

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  • My weekly Sunday advice column, very occasional updates about my work and events as a writer.

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  • All of the above

  • A recorded audio version of the Sunday column

  • A weekly postscript, usually additional commentary or an exercise pertaining to the weekly letter

  • The Writing, a Wednesday discussion series where I answer practical writing and industry questions

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