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Small Press Points

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features YesYes Books, a new poetry press that is paving the way for new forms of multimedia publishing.

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Q&A: Ríos Named Arizona Poet Laureate

by Norah Booth

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

This month poet Alberto Ríos, author most recently of the collection The Dangerous Shirt (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), will be sworn in as the first poet laureate of Arizona.

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How to Make a Life, Maybe Even a Living

by Jeremiah Chamberlin

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin looks at how Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe are building a literary life—and a bookstore—in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Chang-Rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea and Olga Grjasnowa's All Russians Love Birch Trees, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

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Late December's New Beginning

by Kevin Nance

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

After nearly three decades defunct, December magazine, a journal founded in 1958 that published early work by some of the country's literary greats, makes its revival.

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Scribd, Oyster Crack Open E-Reading

by Rachel Lieff Axelbank

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

Two new e-book services, the New York City–based Oyster and San Francisco–based Scribd, introduce a Netflix-like service for the literary set, offering unlimited access to digital libraries by subscription.

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Anatomy of Awards

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

An in-depth look at the numbers behind the grants and awards given to writers in 2013.

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Agents & Editors: David Gernert

by Michael Szczerban

Feature

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

Literary agent David Gernert discusses the bookstore as a key to our culture, what it's like to work with John Grisham, and how big changes in the industry are affecting authors' incomes.

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Motionpoems Gets Moving

by Christie Taylor

News and Trends

Posted 1.1.14

January/February 2014

A Minneapolis-based collaborative brings poetry to life through a series of animated films.

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The Miracle of Mentors: From the Hard Life to the Writing Life

by Jay Baron Nicorvo

Special Section

Posted 12.31.13

January/February 2014

After years of personal struggles including drug abuse and run-ins with the law, a poet meditates on the mentors who helped carry him toward the creative life.

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Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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