Jennifer Egan's Advice to Women Writers, Morrissey Memoir Needs a Trim, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.25.11

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:

While Detroit Public Library faces closure of more than half of its branches, three of the city's suburbs may also see their local libraries shuttered. (Detroit Free Press)

A Miami University undergrad has developed an app to detect improperly shelved library books. (New Scientist)

New York City Public Library officials confirm the legality of watching pornography on library computers. (CBS News

A fiction editor responds to the backlash against Pulitzer Prize–winner Jennifer Egan's advice to young women writers to "shoot high and not cower." (Millions)

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has completed his memoir, which weighs in at over six hundred pages, despite the singer's opinion that he's "really not that interesting." (Guardian)

Members of a time-crunched Washington, D.C., book club ditch their books for their ever-accumulating New Yorkers. (Wall Street Journal via Huffington Post)

Thousands of newly discovered papers from Walt Whitman's time as a clerk in Washington, D.C., reveal the poet's relationship with current events of his time. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Politicized promotional efforts and merchandise tie-ins (Rearden Metal bracelets, anyone?) aren't keeping Atlas Shrugged: Part One from sinking at the box office. (Slate)

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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.