John Grisham on Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, Top-Earning Authors, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.12.13

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:

Author John Grisham looks inside the prison at Guantánamo Bay, where some of his books have been banned. (New York Times)

Starting in September, Amazon will collect sales tax in Georgia. (Shelf Awareness)

Forbes lists the world’s top-earning authors.

NPR showcases Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” program.

Harvard professor Joseph L. Badaracco uses literature to teach business ethics. (Harvard Gazette)

Are you writing historic fiction and need to know what your characters would eat? The Food Timeline website can help. (Ploughshares)

It looks as if Jane Austen’s House Museum will receive enough cash donations to keep Jane Austen’s ring out of Kelly Clarkson’s hands. (Guardian)

Good news for magazine writers—Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are launching Epic, and intend to commission “big, nonfiction narratives that might also make good movies.” (New York Times)

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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.