Edan Lepucki on How to Define Literary Fiction, New Recording of Flannery O’Connor, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.23.12

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:

A new recording of Flannery O’Connor has surfaced. (It was found in a University of Louisiana filing cabinet last spring.) (Deep South Magazine)

Time features an exclusive video of author David Mitchell discussing adapting Cloud Atlas for film with the Wachowski siblings and director Tom Tykwer.

Meanwhile, Word & Film lists the five best movies about the lives of poets that haven't been made—yet.

Author Edan Lepucki examines the defining characteristics of the literary fiction genre: "A dog barks, someone eats a watermelon, a car drives away." (Millions)

The Guardian explains how to write the first draft of a novel in one month.

A villa on the French Rivera—where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald stayed—is for sale. (Curbed)

"Coleridge was a dope fiend, Joyce and Faulkner were high-functioning drunks, Sylvia Plath a hot bipolar mess." Dr. John J. Ross has the skinny on the illnesses of famous authors. (Huffington Post)

Book Riot showcases the "coolest bookshelves EVER."

Current Issue

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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.