Authors Name Their Favorite Children's Books, Report From Selected Shorts, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.23.13

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:

Philadelphia Weekly is petitioning the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission to honor the late Isaac Asimov by placing a historical marker at his home in Philadelphia. (GalleyCat)

In case you missed it, Dwight Garner profiled Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John le Carré for the New York Times Magazine. Garner met with the famed octogenarian spy writer in Cornwall, England.

It seems New York's Hudson Valley is a great place for independent bookstores. (Shelf Awareness)

Poet Charles Simic discusses decades of reading his poetry in venues across the country. (New York Review of Books)

Danny Heitman examines the extraordinarily successful career of poet Carl Sandburg, who "once wrote a poem to which, on television, Gene Kelly danced." (Humanities)

Jami Attenberg was fascinated with D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths; Emma Straub loved The Story of Ferdinand. Brooklyn Magazine asked authors about favorite children's books.

In this exclusive video from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Jonathan Lethem discusses his next novelDissident Gardens.

Volume 1 Brooklyn reports from the field, attending Selected Shorts at Symphony Space last week, which featured Gary Shteyngart, Etgar Keret, BD Wong, Parker Posey, Alex Karpovsky, Denis O’Hare, and Willem Dafoe.

The reading series at Housing Works Books has a podcast!


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.