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A guide to research resources for the study of English language and literature.


Welcome to the Creative Writing library research guide.  Use this guide to find relevant library resources and links to resources outside the library.

Key Resources

Literary Journals at FSU

The Southeast Review - Find issues in the library. 
The Southeast Review, established in 1979 as Sundog, is a national literary magazine housed in the English department at Florida  State University and is edited and managed by its graduate students and a faculty consulting editor. 

The Kudzu Review - Find issues in the library.
The Kudzu Review is Florida State University's undergraduate magazine of literature & art. Est.1988

National Literary Journals & Magazines

The New Yorker

The New Yorker is an American magazine featuring world-renown journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry.

The Paris Review 

The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original fiction, poetry, literary essays, and art, alongside in-depth interviews with contemporary authors about their writing and the craft of writing. 

The Iowa Review

Published by the renowned University of Iowa writing and literature programs, The Iowa Review features a range of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, photography, and work of both established and emerging writers. 

The Atlantic

Founded in 1857 as a literary and cultural commentary magazine that published leading writers' (such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe) commentary on the abolition of slavery, education, and other major political issues of the time, The Atlantic continues its commitment to truth through an engagement with literature. Features original fiction and poetry as well as articles, reports and commentary on recent events in history, humor, fiction, poetry, arts & leisure and book reviews. 

The Southern Review

Established at Louisiana State University, The Southern Review publishes diverse, engaging, relevant, and challenging fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translation from both established and emerging writers.

Multi-Media Resources


Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, PennSound: A Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing is a poetry website and archive that hosts thousands of recordings of poets reading their own work. 

The Poetry Foundation

Poems, readings, poetry news, and the entire 100-year archive of POETRY Magazine. 

Publishing Resources

Poets & Writers 

A community for writers that offers a Poets & Writers magazine with issues related to creative writing, including articles on literary life, profiles of authors, and comprehensive guide to literary grants and awards; and a website with databases on finding literary agents, MFA programs, literary magazines and journals, writing workshops, and more. 

New Pages

News, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests and more. 


​​​​​​​A website, magazine, and community space featuring literary and non-literary content, including information on small presses, and lists on where to submit. 


The Elements of Style 

This book by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White is a masterful book that instructs on the art and craft of writing, encouraging a concise writing style.  

Making Shapely Fiction

A helpful and engaging book from Jerome Stern on how to craft meaningful fiction, through tension and immediacy, along with what makes fiction fail. 

The Art of Fiction

John Gardner, novelist and professor of creative writing, explains, in this practical handbook, the principles and techniques of good writing. 

How Fiction Works 

A study of the magic of fiction by James Wood, inspired by E.M. Forester's Aspects of the Novel, that analyzes the main elements of fiction and the techniques of fiction. 


Poet's Companion

This book, written for anyone who wants to write poetry well, presents brief essays on the elements of poetry and technique, along with writing exercises, and tips about how to get published.  

The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination

The award-winning poet Carl Phillips meditates on the craft of poetry, its shaplessness, imagination, and the risk-taking involved with writing. 

The New Book of Forms

Includes over 300 verse forms, described succinctly with prose and diagrams, with examples and references, creating a crucial encyclopedia and study of poetics since the Middle Ages. 

Madness, Rack, and Honey

This is a compilation of over 15 years of lectures given to poetry graduate students by the award-winning poet Mary Ruefle, in which she attempts to articulate the magic of poetry. 

Essay & Creative Non-Fiction

The American Essay in the American Century

This book by Ned Stuckey-French uncovers the buried history of the American essay, offering fundamental insight into modern American literary history and the intersections of literature, culture, and class in the personal essay. 

"DigiNole: FSU's Digital Repository"

You can find Master Theses and Doctoral Dissertations of Creative Writing English Department alumni in FSU's digital repository, DigiNole! 


Theses and dissertations completed prior to Fall 2002 are discoverable in the Libraries’ catalog. More information about finding FSU theses and dissertations is available at

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