Book Experts on the Publishing Revolution, Hollywood Bids for Books, and More

by Bryanna Tidmarsh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.2.13

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:

A group of writers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and other literary professionals offer insight into how the evolving publishing world is impacting those who "live by the book." (Washington Post)

Citing the allure of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Publishers Weekly offers five genre poetry must-reads that make poetry more accessible to new readers.

The Guardian reports that Tolkien may have based his "One Ring" on a very real Roman ring said to have been cursed, and which is now on display at the Vyne, a historical house in Basingstoke, England. 

To get to know your books a little more intimately, mental_floss offers ten terms for describing the anatomy of a book.  

In wake of hugely popular film adaptations such as The Hunger GamesVariety notes the surge in pre-emptive bidding for book rights before an author has even finished writing. 

Jane Austen’s characters teach us how to spend—and save—money in a Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones, an excerpt of which is up today at the Huffington Post. 

Beth Whittingham Pearlman offers advice on how to clean up your bookcases and make them more stylish. (Chic + Glamorous)

Anthony Madrid shares how he uses a voice recorder to foster his interest in poetry. (Poetry Foundation)

While other publishers such as Macmillan have settled, the heat is still on Penguin in the e-book price-fixing case as attorneys oppose Penguin’s request for a jury trial. (Publishers Weekly)

Margaret Atwood fans can now go on a cruise with the author as she promotes her newest book, MaddAddam, in August. (New York Daily News)

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.