Amazon Workers in Germany Call for Mass Strike, Judy Blume and Hollywood, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.14.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Workers employed by Amazon in Germany have called a strike, demanding better pay. (GalleyCat)

E Ink has introduced a flexible large format electronic display. (Yahoo! Finance)

Bestselling author Dan Brown, whose new book Inferno is out today, hangs upside down to combat writer's block. (NewsComAu)

A new Pat Conroy memoir, The Death of Santini, will be released this October. (Boston Herald)

Flavorwire gathered the handwritten notes and novel outlines from several authors, including James Salter’s outline for Light Years.

J. Bryan Lowder, who has never read The Great Gatsby, decided to try and write a convincing high school essay about Fitzgerald's masterpiece after watching the new screen adaptation. (Slate)

In reviewing Daniel Levin Becker's 2012 book, Many Subtle Channels, Sara Lodge reports that OuLiPo, which began with a group of experimental writers and emerged in France in the 1960s, is alive and well. (Weekly Standard)

Sara Vilkomerson visits with Judy Blume at her home in Florida, and discusses Blume's long, strange relationship with Hollywood. (Entertainment Weekly)

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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.


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.


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.