Good News for Writers Who Drink Coffee, Secret Poet of Lynn, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.6.13

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:

Shelf Awareness reports Amazon has made Kindle sales pitches to independent bookstores.

The digital age may have thrown the book industry into flux, but it’s been good for the international auction market of rare manuscripts. (Los Angeles Times)

Great news for writers who drink coffee—a large-scale study by the National Cancer Institute indicates moderate coffee consumption has health benefits. (New York Times)

Author Jonah Lehrer, the center of a major plagiarism scandal in 2012, is reportedly attempting to interest publishers in a book about the science of love. (FishbowlNY)

For the beach, designer swimwear maker Orlebar Brown has partnered with the Paris Review to create a line of trunks using cover illustrations from the Paris Review archives. (New York Times)

Radio personality Ruth “Uncle Ruthie” Buell has created a Poem Tree in her front yard, inviting listeners to post and share poems. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, in Lynn, Massachusetts, a secret poet has been posting positive words and poetry all over town, intended to brighten everyone's day. (Daily Item)

If you’re in New York City next week, Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu is appearing at the New York Public Library to mark the publication of his memoir, For a Song and A Hundred Songs.

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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.