Literary Spotlight: AGNI
AGNI is a nationally distributed literary journal with a track record of showcasing emerging talent. It runs work from local and international authors on a variety of topics, and sees literature as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. We talked with Bill Pierce, editor at AGNI, about his experience working with aspiring writers.
How long has your journal been running?
AGNI was founded in 1972, forty years ago.
What is the focus of your journal?
We publish literary fiction, poems, and essays. We especially value writing that conveys a sensibility, a particular stance toward the world.
What attracted you to working on this journal?
I wanted to work with the editor here, Sven Birkerts. Our collaboration has been fertile and invigorating to me for almost a decade now.
What is one mistake you see many fledgling writers making?
A lot of writing seems to arrive here too soon. Even prose writers need to be attentive to sound and texture—key elements in atmosphere and tone.
What resources do you recommend to writers looking to improve?
Reading, reading, reading. I’d especially recommend reading older stuff, not just the latest. The more a writer understands what’s been done, and knows his or her own reading tastes, the more likely that writer will be to recombine and refresh, rather than merely repeat, the techniques and strategies of the past.
What’s the best way to purchase your journal?
Single copies and subscriptions can be ordered at AGNI Online, www.bu.edu/agni.
A big thank you to Bill for chatting with us and being our very first literary spotlight feature! If interested in submitting your own work to AGNI, or if you want to check out their past issues, visit the website above.