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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7 Poems To Get You Through The Last Days Of Summer

Though some news sources claim the heat wave is behind us, it's summer — AKA, you can never be sure. Frankly, August is all about those sneaky switch-ups that leave you reeling: beach day one minute, school day the next. Of course it's bound to be ho…
By JoAnna Novak

7 Short Poems To Motivate You To Conquer The World (Or At Least Conquer The Day)

Ever find yourself just happening to Google "success mantras?" (Pro tip: do it.) In addition to scoping out some pretty sweet office art (think posters and plaques), you'll also get a jolt of positivity and empowerment. And remember positivity plus e…
By JoAnna Novak

7 Uplifting Poems To Get You In The Spirit Of The Weekend

This just in, honest-to-goodness, breaking, not-at-all fake news: Friday is the best day of the week. Hands down. 100%. Backwards and forwards. Whether you grew up in the '90s and watched TGIF shows (c'mon, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World)…
By JoAnna Novak

These 7 Poems Will Have You Celebrating Summer All Year Long

Technically, summer doesn't end until September 22 (a Friday this year), but TBH the second half of August always kind of feels like things are winding down (shakes a fist at school for hardwiring the academic calendar into my cells). Beaches and poo…
By JoAnna Novak

7 Poems To Motivate You To Be Your Most Badass Self This Week

Even the most imaginative, productive, talented of us readers sometimes struggle to stay motivated. And, as you probably know, feeling that sense of ennui come over you isn't pretty. It's literally the worst. It's like driving toward an intersection …
By JoAnna Novak

7 Uplifting Poems To Read When You Need A Pick-Me-Up

Though you may have spent your fair share of time reading poems that help you feel all the feels, it is important to cherish your good moods — and to remember that reading certain poems might actually make you feel better. (I'm not necessarily talkin…
By JoAnna Novak

What You Can Learn From People Who Read A Lot

It's sort of amazing when you stop to think about all the ways that reading is good for you. (Every time I learn this, I imagine how unreal life would be if other pastimes I loved so much were this enriching — book-buying, I'm talking to you!) If you…
By JoAnna Novak

7 Books Of Poetry To Inspire You On Your Next Long Plane Ride

There's no worse feeling than getting to the airport and discovering you don't have a book. I realize that by using an e-reader, you can avoid this problem entirely, but for those of us who prefer the printed page, it can be totally demoralizing to h…
By JoAnna Novak

These 7 Short Poems Are Guaranteed To Bring A Smile To Your Face

Though on the longest, most arduous, absolutely worst days it can be about as taxing as pulling your suitcase out of a crowded overhead storage bin on an even more crowded small-plane flight, smiling is necessary. We know that the sheer physical moti…
By JoAnna Novak

How To Read More Books This Year Without Sacrificing All Your Free Time

With summer in full swing, it's time to contemplate how our resolutions have fared in the new year. For those of us who resolved to read more, now might be the moment when we must come to terms with the fact that we read one novel really, really quic…
By JoAnna Novak

Poems That *NEED* To Be Read Poolside

People have really strong opinions about swimming pools, and it's true: there are some gross realities of these big water boxes invented by humans. (Squeamish readers, maybe don't Google further.) I grew up at swimming pools, though, and even my inne…
By JoAnna Novak

Poems About The Beach To Inspire Your Summer Travels

Summer solstice, AKA midsummer, is behind us, which means you're probably making lots of time for beach days — and, if you're not, you should be! If you've found yourself inside one too many weekends, now is the time to make sure you prioritize some …
By JoAnna Novak

7 Reasons You Should Always Read Your Cookbooks

There's something magical about cookbooks. A new cookbook is like a passport to a different life: new foods, new combinations, new techniques. If you immerse yourself in the process of making mole or mastering yeast breads, you stand to gain patience…
By JoAnna Novak

7 Coffee Shops Every Book-Lover Needs To Visit

You don't really need to read quotes on coffee from celebrated writers to know that the bean has been a staple of the literary diet for centuries, but it's just too hard to resist citing a few Hemingway sentences — seriously, who else makes cafes sou…
By JoAnna Novak

Making A Bridal Shower Toast? 7 Poems For Inspiration

When a good friend is getting married, it's easy to forget the moment. Though a Google of "mindfulness wedding" yields more than 800K hits, with everyone from The Knot to Tricycle Magazine chiming in, anyone who's ever been involved in a wedding proc…
By JoAnna Novak

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 book packed with gorgeous pictures of food — and …
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," guides to popping the question with panache are supera…
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. Ever since going through the purge, I've been pretty…
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 writers exist within a political context, I also ackno…
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 of wellbeing. A mantra can inspire you, motivate …
By JoAnna Novak