Cheryl Strayed Speaks With Elissa Bassist, Tips for Surviving Rejection, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.31.13

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:

Scribner named Colin Harrison its new editor-in-chief, replacing Nan Graham, who is now division publisher. (Shelf Awareness)

"Shakespeare must be a black girl." Maya Angelou delivered a riveting speech at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, recently, and Atlantic Wire was there.

A new translation of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake made the best-seller list in China. (New York Times)

If you missed short-fiction master George Saunders on the Colbert Report Tuesday evening, the full video is online.

In the Colbert interview, George Saunders recounts Ernest Hemingway's shortest story: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” Melville House explains how this is a popular myth.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Strayed spoke with Elissa Bassist about the Dear Sugar correspondence that changed their writing lives. Bassist tells Strayed, "Because of you I wrote the book I said I couldn’t write." (Creative Nonfiction)

Laura Miller details how libraries are no longer quiet. (Salon)

If you'd like to own F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Baltimore townhouse—it's on the market. (Los Angeles Times)

Grub Street Daily provides tips for surviving rejection, and offers the wisdom of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

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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.