Everything You Need to Know about Being a Writer, featuring Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

Jun 1, 2020

Mary Gannon and Kevin Larimer

This week we get to hear from two publishing experts whose long careers have been centered on supporting authors—to publish, to be in community, and to trust their own hearts and process. Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon are the coauthors of a new book, The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer. We touch on a few highlights and are treated to a supportive and encouraging conversation for writers at any stage in their journey.


Kevin Larimer is the editor in chief of Poets & Writers. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he served as the poetry editor of The Iowa Review, and holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Mary Gannon is the executive director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. She’s been associate director and director of content for the Academy of American Poets and editorial director of Poets & Writers. She received her MFA in poetry from Arizona State University and her, where she was awarded a Swarthout Writing Prize in poetry.

Takeaway: Get Comfortable with Feeling Proud of Yourself and Your Work

Take thirty minutes to jot down some thoughts on your definition of success. Can it be measured in book sales or the size of your advance? Or is it something harder to quantify? Something more elusive—like the impact you’ll make in the world, the doors a book might open, the community you’ll be a part of? This is a worthwhile exercise to do semi-regularly, both to establish your goals and to come back to later to sort out the many measures of success that exist and how they might change over time.

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