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Introducing Tapestry, a news reader for book lovers

I am proudly announcing that Qwiklit.com has released an iOS app. Tapestry Story Reader is an aggregator that focuses solely on short fiction, poetry, nonfiction and reviews, and is built with the literary community in mind.

Available on the App Store, Tapestry gives you access to both online literary journals and websites that regularly produce good work. Instead of spending your time searching for the right short story or poem, you can access the latest work from your mobile phone. From there, we make it very easy for you to share the work with your friends, thereby increasing the traffic and coverage that each short story receives online. We are currently working hard to develop an Android version, as well.

We created this app because (1) it’s extremely hard for independent authors and for publications to grow online and (2) the literary publishing industry is a billion-dollar market lacking a viable, meritocratic platform. Tapestry will let them connect and submit work to all these publications. Now, you can submit fiction to over 60 literary magazines in seconds. On Twitter and Facebook, our social media will inform you on impending deadlines for contest and journal editions.

For Tapestry, we have a very tangible goal in mind. Even if the app gets only 5,000 daily users, that will likely double the traffic for about half the websites featured on Tapestry. With doubled traffic they will be able to grow, and with growth they will be able to better compensate authors for their work, and with better compensation, authors will be able to focus more on producing what they love.

The Internet is not built for short stories and poetry. Search engines prioritize relevancy and importance in terms of current events, but fiction is often sequestered to the corners of the web. Tapestry is built to bring that content to “the front page of your phone”.

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But the app does not own nor take any of the outside content. Rather, the app allows you to travel to the website where the works are located, thus giving century-old literary publications an opportunity to compete with emerging new media websites and well-respected blogs on Tumblr and Medium.

In the coming months, we will be reaching out to the hundreds of millions of book lovers on earth to help spread the work of the world’s best authors. So please check it out, and please tell your favorite bookworm–they’ll thank you for it.

 

 

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10 Awesome Poetry Collections on Spotify

by Phil James

As the majority of the music industry turns to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming apps to drum up popularity, you might be surprised to learn that these platforms also contain a vast collection of poetry. While nothing will replace a pocket book of poetry on a long walk, Spotify’s library provides you with a viable alternative.

Listening to poetry is an essential part of understanding how to write it. Pay attention to the rhythm and tone of some of these classic and contemporary figures to inform your own your own work. And listen to the silences, too.

1. Billy Collins – The Best Cigarettelisten here

Billy Collins

Collins’ poetry book captures the former Poet Laureate’s humorous, playful tone. Never grandstanding and over-serious, the audiobook is great for long walks or road trips.

Buy the Audiobook here >>>

2. T.S. Eliot – 1955 London Caedmon Readingslisten here 

TS Eliot Caedmon Readings

T.S. Eliot’s reading style is almost alien compared to the more expressive style popular today. Nevertheless, his flat style scarcely dampens the magnitude of his words.

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3. Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes & Peter Porter Read Their Poetry – listen here 

Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Peter Porter Read their poetry

Plath and Hughes were pioneers of the confessional genre, a type of poetry that remains remarkably potent in the 21st century. A great vintage feel to the audio.

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4. Gertrude, H.D., Louise Bogan, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Muriel Rukeyser Read their Poetry  – listen here 

Five American Women

Overshadowed by the Eliot’s and Pound’s of the era, the women of modernist and imagist poetry chose clarity over the cryptic, linguistic beauty over erudition.

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5. Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long – Remembrance year – listen here 

Shane Koyczan

There’s a good reason why Shane Koyczan is a rising star in the Canadian poetry; he speaks to those who struggle in both their youth and old age, but does it with accessible clarity. One of my personal favorites.

Get Remembrance Year Right Now >>>

6. Charles Bukowski – Master Collectionlisten here 

Bukowski

Poetry for a long walk home in a big city. Bukowski is funny, sarcastic, yet equally knowledgeable of the pains of the human condition.

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7. Carl Sandburg – Songs of America – listen here 

Carl Sandburg - Songs of America

A poet who speaks volumes in both his words and his silences. Sandburg will teach you how to command a room, and how to command a tone of greatness with little effort.

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8. Andrea Gibson – Flower Boylisten here

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As one of the best slam poets in the world, Gibson captivates her audiences with a tone as forceful as a freight train. A perfect warmup if you’re reading your poetry to a large audience.

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9. Elizabeth Bishop – Reads her poetrylisten here

Elizabeth Bishop - Reads her works

Bishop is at the very least an underrated master of the genre. Take a dive into her lengthy meditations on the natural and urban world.

Buy her anthology here >>>

10. Jean Vilar – The Anthology of French Poetry [French] – listen here

French film and stage actor Jean Vilar does his best Charles Baudelaire and Guillaume Apollinaire (among others) in this mesmerizing collection. You don’t even need to speak French to appreciate his command of the 19th and 20th century French masters.

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