Pitch Letters to Literary Agents That Succeeded, Zadie Smith on Joy and Sorrow, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.18.12

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:

GalleyCat rounds up several pitch letters that succeeded in landing a literary agent.

Author and parent Rebecca Mead writes of the difficulties caregivers face discussing the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy with their children. (New Yorker)

The New York Times reports small bookstores appear to be thriving.

Maria Popova creates a comprehensive list of her favorite graphic novels and graphic nonfiction of the year, including The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2, which features interpretations of Whitman, Melville, the Brontë Sisters, and others. (Brain Pickings)

The Wall Street Journal picks its favorite novels of 2012, including Shani Boianjiu's The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.

Literary critic James Wood selects his books of the year, including Zadie Smith’s NW.

Meanwhile, Zadie Smith contributes an essay on joy and sorrow for the New York Review of Books.

The Daily Beast features a slideshow of the work of painter and caricaturist Feliks Topolski, who created portraits of many famous authors, including W. H. Auden, Graham Greene, and Edith Sitwell.

Current Issue

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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.