A Poem for Slain Poet Kofi Awoonor, Twenty Ideal Cities for Writers, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.26.13

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:

Kwame Dawes has composed a poem for slain poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed during the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. (Wall Street Journal)

If the cost and stress of living in New York City is too much, Jason Diamond details twenty other cities that are great for writers. (Flavorwire)

On her blog, Annie Murphy Paul offers descriptions of the types of editors that writers typically work with—both good and bad. (Brilliant Blog)

HTML Giant provides its take on the 2013 National Book Award longlist, and discusses several books that were overlooked, including TwERK, by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Darby Larson’s IRRITANT.

To mark Banned Books Week, Biographile lists famous authors whose books were banned, including Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut.

Huffington Post rounded up writing tips from William Faulkner: “Read, read, read. Read everything.”

And on its Tumblr, the Oxford American found a bevy of great photographs taken by celebrated author Eudora Welty.

Carolyn Kellogg wonders what Charles Bukowski would think about Dewar’s licensing his poem “So, You Want to Be a Writer” to sell scotch. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.