Marathon Reading of Stanislaw Lem, Harlan Ellison’s Haircut, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.17.13

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:

Former bookseller Mark Saunders has been named director of the University of Virginia Press. (Shelf Awareness)

A Pennsylvania librarian banned a book to demonstrate the harm of censorship. (GalleyCat)

Critic David L. Ulin reports on an odd book event he attended—watching Harlan Ellison receive a haircut. (Los Angeles Times)

“Most writers…shown their cover designs they try not to cry right in front of their editors.” Tim Kreider looks at the current state of book cover design. (New Yorker)

Staffers at Flavorwire list the authors they irrationally despise, including Vladimir Nabokov and Charles Dickens.

In light of several high-profile lawsuits, the Telegraph investigates the nebulous world of literary libel.

If you’re in New York City next month, the Atlas Review and the Marina Abramovic Institute are hosting a marathon reading of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. The eight-hour event takes place at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel on August 3rd.

BuzzFeed rounded up a slew of images of writers and their pet cats, including Charles Bukowski and Doris Lessing.

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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.