Crowdsourcing Tolstoy, Leaving New York City, Writing With Microsoft Word, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.15.13

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:

Leo Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter, Fyokla Tolstaya, crowdsources volunteers to edit vast amounts of material now available online at the Leo Tolstoy State Museum. (New Yorker)

In the Rumpus, author Melissa Febos discusses her experiences living in, writing in, and later leaving New York City.

On GalleyCat, writer Charles Stross disparages Microsoft Word for being too cumbersome and behind the times.

In “Some Words about Worldessness” Mark O’Connel explores the compelling relationship between words and human beings too young to speak or write. (Millions)

Actor and author James Franco promotes his new book by leveraging an image that no one can figure out. (NPR)

These tattooed librarians are changing the stereotype of this once understated profession. (Huffington Post)

Oscar Hijuelos, Cuban American novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989 for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, died on Sunday at the age of 62 in Manhattan.  (New York Times)

A closer look at Carrie demonstrates why Stephen King deserves recognition for being a serious novelist and not simply a writer of horror. (Flavorwire)

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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.