Literary blogs, diaries and forums, a comprehensive list
See also: Literary Journals
Agonia is an international interactive website for writing and literature, formed by numerous cultural communities and languages. It is a platform where writers around the world publish their works, engage in providing constructive feedback critique oriented towards honing skills in the writing process. The language versions of Agonia (Romanian, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Armenian) have an interconnecting facility that enables links to the translation of any text in another language version.
Blogging for Books
Eavesdrop (and chime in) on the ongoing conversation about the behind-the-scenes world of books, publishing and reviewing.
A book club that meets once a month to discuss a book. Unlike a regular book club, their discussions are all done online.
Booktrust is an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.
Diaries; online diaries, literary diaries, journals, letters *
The Diary Review
With over 300 articles, The Diary Review is one of the most important sources of information about diaries anywhere on the internet. They always refer to original sources, provide links, and try to quote actual diary texts. Articles include:
A Pole in America – about Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, a great Polish patriot and writer.
Alfred Kazin, one of the most important American literary critics of the 20th century.
The Great Exhibition – Queen Victoria praising Prince Albert
Ford Madox Brown at work
Diary Junction Blog
Occasional posts on diaries in the news. A database of information about celebrated and obscure diaries from all historical periods, with referrals to the dates the diaries cover, where the originals are held and bibliographic information on published versions.
An internet resource for those interested in historical and literary diaries and diarists. Over 300 diarists which can be accessed alphabetically, chronologically, by nationality, by profession and description.
Hurry is not of the Devil.Hurry is the Devil.This site is not in a hurry. Writings to read on an aeroplane. Meditations, journal writings, articles, thoughts on web design.
Letters of Note
Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos are included where possible.
The Letters Page
The Letters Page is a literary journal in letters, published by the School of English at the University of Nottingham and edited by Jon McGregor. We publish essays, stories, poetry, memoir, travelogue, and criticism; but all in the form of letters. They are interested in the literary traditions of letter-writing, and in the idea of correspondence in a digital age.
The Open Diary,
an interactive diary community on the Internet. Read about the lives of people from around the world.
One of the most popular and influential literary blogs in the world, by Lynne Hatwell.
A selective, Twitter-based review of brief (140 characters or less) poetry and prose (including fiction and nonfiction).
Recite/Write Poetry and Stories Forum
Captain Cynic Forums and Discussion
Galerie Alain Paire
Reviews, views and news on French literature and art.
A popular online magazine offering coverage on books, arts and culture.
For the person with nothing better to do.
New Yorker blogs and book reviews.
A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Pierre Joris: Meanderings & mawqifs of poetry, poetics, translations y mas.
Reviews of books old and new; news and commentary on book history, library culture, archives and related subjects. Written by Jeremy Dibbell, a Boston bibliophile and haunter of used bookstores.
A Piece of Monologue
A Piece of Monologue is an independent website that examines literature, film and contemporary issues in critical theory. The site offers a broad selection of news, commentary, and analysis, spanning a wide range of cultural texts – in particular, those pertaining to modernism, continental philosophy and the work of Samuel Beckett.
The poetry discussion community POETREE @ Dreamwidth features content by poets, amateur and professional, as well poetry enthusiasts. Past weekly hosts include Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (Velveteen Rabbi blog), Luisa A. Igloria, and Dave Bonta, as well as a mix of artists, spoken word performers, translators, editors, and others. One need not be a Dreamwidth user in order to participate; comments are open to OpenID (http://www.dreamwidth.org/openid/) and anonymous commentators, and guest hosts can send content to one of the admins to post on their behalf.
Poetry and Miscellaneous Yap… an Irish Poet’s Blog
Poems and general conversation from Irish poet Michael O’Dea, born in Roscommon, living in Dublin, sometimes Donegal. Here are thoughts on literature, Ireland, Irish politics, nature, mythology, archaeology, tourism, art, love and war, and most of what’s in between.
Read Steady Book
ReadySteadyBook is a website devoted to reviewing the very best books in literary fiction, poetry, history and philosophy. It was named as one of the Guardian Unlimited Books’ top 10 literary blogs.
Syllable Fingers is a growing analecta of contemporary poems, quotes and literary clippings that are shared in the hope of tapping a smile, a frown, or a small gasp.
Poet Teddy Crispin, who lives in Paris, shares his poetry, his ideas and thoughts about today’s world with all poetry and literature lovers, as well as good-willed people from all over the world.
Where literature and art intersect, with an emphasis on W.G. Sebald and novels with embedded photographs.