Laura Miller on DOJ’s E-Book Pricing Lawsuit, Inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.2.13

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:

Charles McGrath speaks with author Alice Munro about her retirement. (New York Times)

Melville House weighs in on the Random House and Penguin merger, which will account for 25 percent of all books published in English.

John Brownlee investigates the inner workings of an Amazon fulfillment center, a vast warehouse where it “is so quiet that workers can be fired for even talking to one another.” (Fast Company)

Salon’s Laura Miller unravels the Department of Justice’s e-book pricing lawsuit against Apple and the major publishers.

New Yorker staffer and author David Grann dispenses advice for writers. (GalleyCat)

Poet and critic Stephen Burt responds to a recent Harper’s essay by Mark Edmundson, which Burt describes as an “attack against contemporary American poetry.” (Boston Globe)

Susan Sontag intensely disliked cats; Jonathan Franzen hates Twitter—BuzzFeed wants you to know what else famous author’s hated.

Sylvia Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes recently discussed her mother’s drawings. (Time)

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.