Ayana Mathis Selected by Oprah's Book Club, Amazon's Revamped Reviewing Policies, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.5.12

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:

Debut novelist Ayana Mathis's The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was selected by Oprah's Book Club 2.0. (New York Daily News)

Recording mogul Jay-Z has been named music supervisor for Baz Luhrmann's screen adaptation of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. (Sun)

In the wake of controversy—including authors purchasing reviews—the New York Times looks at Amazon's revamped reviewing policies.

"'Me too!' I say aloud. And although no one can hear me, I do not feel alone." Elliott Holt reveals what she gleaned from an online poetry course with thirty-six thousand students. (Poetry Foundation)

Novelist Kristopher Jansma examines the New York Public Library exhibit, "Charles Dickens: The Key to Character,” which runs until January 27, 2013. (Electric Literature)

"I’ll never believe that there are too many voices." Writers (and reader) Latanya McQueen shares her thoughts on the multitude of little magazines. (Missouri Review)

"Poets are our original systems thinkers." The Harvard Business Review considers what poetry can teach business leaders.

Breaking down the vagaries of writing for a living, Jason Pinter says, "Being a professional writer is a strange and wonderful thing—kind of a combination of philosopher and hobo." (Huffington Post)

Jason Diamond lists his favorite new books of 2012, including Karolina Waclawiak's How to Get into the Twin Palms, and Legs Get Led Astray, by Chloe Caldwell. (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

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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.