Guide for the Self-Published, Virginia Woolf’s Family Newspaper, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.24.13

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:

National Novel Writing Month is this November, and to help prepare, Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1. (GalleyCat)

Book critic David L. Ulin looks at the best ways to teach poetry to young people, and what can be gleaned from the new book created by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation, Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry. (StarTribune)

If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, try dimming the lights. (Salon)

Sharon Bially created a handy book promotion guide for the self-published. (Writers Unboxed)

In an editorial for the New York Times, author and educator Verlyn Klinkenborg considers the current state of student writing.

Brain Pickings showcases Virginia Woolf’s illustrated family newspaper.

In a continuing series of discussions concerning fairy tales, the Los Angeles Review of Books hosted a roundtable on The Little Mermaid with A. N. Devers, Sarah Kuhn, Shana Mlawski, and Rachelle Cruz.

WORD bookstore in Brooklyn has created a Tumblr featuring the dogs that visit the store.

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.