A Tour of Literary Manhattan, Ayana Mathis's Call From Oprah Winfrey, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.17.12

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:

In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Alizah Salario recounts how, in 1988, as a first grader, "a woman entered my school and shot six kids." (Rumpus)

Ayana Mathis tells Salon what it was like to receive a career-changing phone call from Oprah Winfrey.

Whether it's the rise of color tablet computers, or a resistance to upgrade old electronics, something is slowing the popularity of e-readers. (Slate)

From Jimmy’s Corner to Café Loup to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, critic Dwight Garner tours literary Manhattan. (New York Times)

Meanwhile Dwight Garner lists his ten favorite books of 2012, including Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (New York Times)

On his blog, author John Scalzi has advice for certain writers on social media: "Making every tweet an unsolicited ad for your work? You’re an asshole spammer."

Graywolf Press will publish the first full-length poetry collection by actor James Franco. (Star Tribune)

The latest episode of Other People with Brad Listi features It’s Kind of a Funny Story author Ned Vizzini.

If you're anywhere near the British Library, you can see Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll for On the Road until December 27.

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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.