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The Reading is a creative writing advice column. Every first Sunday of the month, I answer a reader letter on a writing conundrum (like this). On Wednesdays, I answer a short question on more nitty-gritty craft and industry details and host a discussion (like this) for paid subscribers.

Photo by Yanyi: I am a man with short dark hair of medium complexion wearing a navy flannel button-down shirt with no collar. I smile slightly at the camera as golden hour light comes through a window a leaves my shadow on the wall behind me.

About the author: Yanyi is a poet and critic. He is the author of Dream of the Divided Field (One World Random House, forthcoming 2022) and The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019), winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry, and named one of 2019’s Best Poetry Books by New York Public Library. His work has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and A Public Space, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. Currently, he is poetry editor at Foundry. Find out more at yanyiii.com.

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