JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You (Skyhorse Publishing 2017). Her book of poetry, Noirmania will be published by Inside the Castle in 2018. She has written fiction, essays, poetry, and criticism for publications including Salon, Guernica, BOMB, The Rumpus, Conjunctions, and Joyland. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy. She lives in Los Angeles.

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These Brand New Cookbooks Are Just What You Need This Summer

You don't have to be in the market for a major diet shift to appreciate the joys of cookbook shopping. As convenient as it is to look up recipes online, there's something so satisfying about opening a...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Quote In A Marriage Proposal

It turns out, the Internet has a lot to say about marriage proposals. Whether it's "This Is What The Ideal Marriage Proposal Looks Like" or "What Women Really Want From Their Marriage Proposals," guid...
By JoAnna Novak

9 Times You Should Buy New Books

Confession time: I'm a writer who rarely buys books. I blame/thank Marie Kondo, who helped me wheedle down a staggering library — I gave away forty boxes — to little more than one reasonable shelf. Ev...
By JoAnna Novak

Poems To Keep You Writing When The World Is *Too* Much

If you're a budding novelist, poet, essayist, or blogger, you've probably heard plenty about the value of picking up your proverbial pen and writing in Trump's America. And while I agree that all writ...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Help You Make Sense Of Things

Whether you're looking for words to help you have a healthy morning, snag secrets from business pros, or finally cultivate a positive attitude, finding a mantra is a surefire way to improve your sense...
By JoAnna Novak

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: Here Are Some Poems About Wine

Right up there with the whole starving artist stereotype is the drunk artist stereotype. Depictions of creative types getting tanked abound in the popular imagination. Whether it's Jackson Pollock spl...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Short Poems To Get You Inspired Today

It's always inspiring when you read an interview with an artist or writer who reminds you that you should be 150% passionate about your work, but, IMO, these sentiments get a little old. It's not alwa...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Inspire You To Stay Nasty

As the 100 day mark of Donald Trump's administration inches closer, it's important to remember that the resistance has only just begun — and will continue for the next four years. Whether it was the W...
By JoAnna Novak

The Poems To Read If You Need A Little Bit Of Inspiration

Anyone who calls themselves a writer knows that revision is no walk in the park — unless, of course, that saying was invented by a writer who knew that parks are just really sites of distraction, AKA ...
By JoAnna Novak

Need Some Inspiration? These Poems Will Get Your Creativity Flowing

Often, people look for ways to avoid distractions, especially during important work. And, really, what could be more important than your writing? The process of transforming your wildest ideas, your m...
By JoAnna Novak

The '90s Was Actually An *Amazing* Decade For Poetry

If you grew up in the '90s like I did, you're probably hoping that the nostalgia-laden love fest never ends. There are endless way to indulge in your '90s-ness, and personally the Ultimate Trivia Game...
By JoAnna Novak

Take A Break From The World With These Feminist Poems

Sometimes you've got to give yourself a moral pep talk to inspire your feminism. And, while there's plenty of conversation about feminism in the age of Trump, sometimes it can be hard to feel personal...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Read By Pulitzer Prize Winner Tyehimba Jess

Joining the 101st class of Pulitzer Prize winners is Tyehimba Jess with his book, Olio. In two books, Jess, a writer from Detroit, has married poetry with history and music, giving voice to the format...
By JoAnna Novak

'Olio' Is The Poetry Collection The Pulitzer Prize Board Wants You To Read

The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to "a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author," and this year that writer is Tyehimba Jess for his book Olio. Jess is an alum of ...
By JoAnna Novak

Having A Bad Day? Read These Poems

We all have them, maybe more often than we'd care to admit: bad days. And, personally, I hate them. I hate the temptation to mope; I hate the feelings of sadness or hopelessness that come crashing dow...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Totally Mushy Poems About Love & Friendship You Need To Read

You don't need to be down in the dumps, feeling sentimental, or celebrating Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day, for that matter) to enjoy some mushy goodness. With all the battering our psyches take ...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Heal Your Feminist Heart

If you want to commit to something — a creative practice, a way of life, even a dietary change — you can never remind yourself too often of your goals. Not surprisingly, the advent of 2017 brought lot...
By JoAnna Novak

9 Chilling Poems That Will Totally Freak You Out

It's a failure of imagination to relegate fright fests to Halloween; in fact, it's always exciting when we can find ways to be simultaneously entertained and terrified. And, given that National Poetry...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To #ReflectAndResist

Big news on the feminist front: The Women's March has announced its fifth action, Reflect & Resist, and bookworms everywhere surely must be thrilled. Unlike the demonstrations and marches and protest...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Of The Most Heartbreaking Poems About Love

Though the great, wonderful, and wise Maya Angelou wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers," anyone who's dealing with heartbreak knows that... well, that's not always the case. Sucky as it may be, love o...
By JoAnna Novak

13 Coffee Table Books For Christmas

One of my closet friends is a staunch book-giver. Whether or not her parents or siblings or friends or coworkers read anything more than their Instagram captions or emails is unimportant. Perhaps you'...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Steamy Romances For Football Season

If you're dealing with post-Election deflation (no matter how you feel about the results), you're probably looking for something all-consuming, something utterly addictive and just a little escapist t...
By JoAnna Novak

9 Poems About Showing Your Gratitude

If you're looking for one simple way to work more gratitude into your life and expand your imagination at the same time, there's no better single thing to read than poetry. Like gratitude, poems feel ...
By JoAnna Novak

The Best Quotes From This Year's NBA Poetry Winner

The political reigns supreme at the 67th National Book Awards ceremony, where Chilean-American writer Daniel Borzutzky's The Performance of Becoming Human was just awarded the National Book Award in P...
By JoAnna Novak

12 Best Quotes from Larry Wilmore's Opening Remark

The 2016 National Book Awards Ceremony has just begun, and host Larry Wilmore is kicking off the evening with opening remarks that are unabashedly political. Wilmore--a writer himself, both of a book ...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Once-Banned Books Everyone Should Read

When you think about all the things that aren't banned (Twitter trolls, singing in public while wearing headphones), it's truly shocking that, every year, books are. Okay, so they may not go all Fahre...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Books To Read About The JonBenet Ramsey Case

Just shy of twenty years ago, the murder of
By JoAnna Novak

12 Swoonworthy Quotes From Romance Novels

One of the reasons to love Romance Novel Month is that it provides the perfect occasion to swoon. Swoon? You might be thinking. What are we, in a nineteenth-century novel? Someone get this writer a fa...
By JoAnna Novak

Romance Novel Quotes To Use In Your Wedding Vows

When you and your honey-to-be are deciding on wedding vows, it's easy to feel tugged in a million directions. You and your partner may have different faiths — or you may have different opinions on the...
By JoAnna Novak

Nonfiction To Read If You Love Romance

One of the best things about being both a book-lover and a fan of anything is, in research terms, getting to spend time with secondary and even tertiary texts. If you love romance novels, this means r...
By JoAnna Novak

8 Creepiest Books They Made Us Read In School

Why is it that some totally perfect words have negative connotations? I blame middle school. Take, for instance, "weird," a totally necessary adjective that would've fallen out of favor if it weren't ...
By JoAnna Novak

10 New Thrillers To Read This Summer

With all the new releases you're hearing about, you may find yourself asking, "What's the best type of book to read this summer?" Romance, literary fiction, melodrama, dystopia, YA — there's a compell...
By JoAnna Novak

Books About The Spirit Of The Midwest

Hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and apple pie are just a few of the authentic Midwest flavors that probably come to mind when you think about the center of the country. Maybe you picture state fairs and fi...
By JoAnna Novak

11 Signs You Need To KonMari Your Bookshelf

If you're like me, you believe spring cleaning is a silly concept. Let's be serious: it's always a good time for a thorough decluttering. There's something purifying and perversely fun about the entir...
By JoAnna Novak

Things You Find In Old Books

There are those bookworms who are eternal e-reader cheerleaders, and then there are those — dare I say the rest of us? — whose pursuit of stories and sentences make them card-carrying members of
By JoAnna Novak

7 Sexy Poems That Are Definitely NSFW

All yearlong there are countless ways to honor the ancient-yet-alive-and-kicking art of poetry, but when April appears on your calendar, no holds are barred. Since it's National Poetry Month for a fe...
By JoAnna Novak

7 Of The Best Debut Books

If you're a writer, you have the dream. You know, the dream that someday (hopefully in the foreseeable future, when you're still young enough to semi-enjoy success) all the note-taking and journal-scr...
By JoAnna Novak

12 Ways To Have THE #AWP16 Experience

If you've got a friend of a friend of a friend who does anything even remotely literary, you've probably heard of AWP, the Association of Writers and Writin
By JoAnna Novak

The Best 8 Books To Read Before A Job Interview

Reading can be just as important as dressing to the nines or practicing your firmest handshake when you're gearing up for a job interview. When the stakes are sky-high and your eye is on that corner o...
By JoAnna Novak

5 Fairy Tales That Are Weirder Than You Remembered

Once upon a time, a little girl with dark brown eyes and dark brown bangs living in a magical, faraway land called Illinois was obsessed with fairy tales. Armed with a cabinet of Disney tapes (VHS and...
By JoAnna Novak