Baltimore's Treatment of the Poe House and Museum, Poetry Magazine Giveaway, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.4.13

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:

Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens owe its name to Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven"—A. N. Devers looks at how the city of Baltimore has treated the Poe House and Museum, which is now temporarily closed due to lack of funds. (Salon)

In light of the Baltimore Ravens successful name, Studio 360 collected literary names for the rest of the NFL.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, the Poetry Foundation will give away a limited number of free copies of the April 2013 issue of Poetry magazine—request them by March 24.

BBC News considers self-publishing.

New York Times Magazine Drink columnist Rosie Schaap spoke with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog about her new memoir, Drinking With Men, and when she first pitched a story to This American Life.

The blog at the London Review of Books details how the new cover of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has been lampooned.

Andrew O’Hagan lists his six favorite collections of essays. (Daily Beast)

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle rounds up new original essays and stories available as e-books, including work by Jonathan Ames, James Nestor, and Jeremy Bernstein.

Author Lorrie Moore focuses her critical eye on the first season of Showtime's Homeland. (New York Review of Books)

"Writing a book consists largely of avoiding distractions." As part of the Draft series at the New York Times, Benjamin Nugent considers the upside of what all writers commonly face.

DNA testing confirms the skeleton found under a London parking lot is Richard III. (Reuters)

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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.