Gail Mazur is the author of six books of poems, including They Can't Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award; Zeppo's First Wife: New and Selected Poems, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Figures in a Landscape, published in 2011. She is founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, a center for the poetry community since 1973, and Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Emerson College Graduate Writing Program.
AGNI was founded in 1972 at Antioch College by undergraduate Askold Melnyczuk, a then-aspiring (now accomplished) writer with his own vision of a vehicle for alternative news, visual arts, and literature. Melnyczuk was interested in creating a magazine that would feature a new generation of writers and visual artists.
We see literature and the arts as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. Literature for literature’s sake is not what AGNI is about. Our writers and artists hold a mirror up to nature, mankind, the world; they courageously reflect their age, for better or worse; and their work provokes perceptions and thoughts that help us understand and respond to our age.
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