Writers on Anniversary of Sylvia Plath's Death, Truman Capote Controversy, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.11.13

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:

Reuters looks at how Wall Street reacts to the corporate culture of Amazon.

A dispute over the ownership of case files relating to the Kansas murders that informed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood have cast doubts on the veracity of sections of Capote’s masterpiece. (Wall Street Journal)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, the Guardian asked several writers to comment on what Plath’s work means to them, including Jennifer Egan, Sharon Olds, and Lena Dunham.

Meanwhile, poet Craig Morgan Teicher considers Sylvia Plath’s The Colossus. (NPR)

I had a more fulfilling relationship with the tortoise than I did with the boyfriend.” Novelist Caroline Leavitt shares a tale of love lost and found, and an uncommon pet named Minnie. (New York Times)

In light of an indirect argument between novelists Elizabeth Gilbert and Philip Roth, Avi Steinberg asks, “Are writers happy they became writers?” (New Yorker)

“On a bookcase crammed with dog-eared tomes, rests a letter rejecting him for food stamps.” The New York Times reports on the precarious financial situation of one of the founders of the Nuyorican Poetry movement, Jesus “Papoleto” Melendez.

If you weren't able to attend Book Camp, a free series of meetings in New York City, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag: #book2.

And if you are in New York City, tonight at Housing Works Bookstore and Café is Swoon!: The Recital, which, in an attempt to revive the lost art of recitation, features a host of writers testing their memories as they recite favorite poems and passages.


Current Issue

Cover Story 

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.