Ira Silverberg Departing NEA, Apple Executive Testifies, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.18.13

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:

Citing “demands of family” in New York, former agent Ira Silverberg is stepping down as director of literature programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, based in our nation's capital. (GalleyCat)

In other staffing news, Beth Lamb has been named associate publisher at Vintage Anchor; and Kristin Kiser is starting as deputy publisher at Rodale. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, Molly Barton, global digital director of the Penguin Group, writes, “New York has declined in its power as the epicenter of English language publishing.” (Huffington Post)

The New York Times reports on Apple executive Eddy Cue's testimony in the DOJ's e-book pricing lawsuit.

The Financial Times looks at the work of Stanford professor Franco Moretti, who employs big data to glean literary scholarship. Moretti’s book of essays on the subject, Distant Reading, is out now.

Mental Floss reveals the origins of the pen names of eight famed writers.

In you live in San Mateo County, California, now is your chance to be its poet laureate. (San Francisco Examiner)

There will be a few changes in the new release of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary.

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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.