Amazon and the CIA, Vivian Gornick on Mary McCarthy, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.19.13

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:

Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA.

Meanwhile, Amazon Publishing announced that Oliver Pötzsch's Hangman’s Daughter is the imprint’s first million-selling title. (Forbes)

Tech startup Parakweet garnered a two million dollar investment to bolster BookVibe, a book discovery engine. (Los Angeles Times)

Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy. (New Yorker)

Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold worked with photographer Seamus Murphy to document the lives and oral folk poems of the Afghan people. The entire June issue of Poetry magazine is dedicated to their project. (PBS)

From Moby-Dick to Ulysses to Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, Molly Fischer looks at the rise of marathon readings across the land. (New Republic)

BuzzFeed gathered sixteen great photos of women writers at work.

Book Riot has a podcast!

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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.