Lena Dunham's Million-Dollar Book, Seth Fried's MFA Advice, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.2.12

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:

Publishers will bid on a nonfiction book proposal by HBO's Girls creator Lena Dunham this week. Slate's David Haglund reports bidding will start at one million dollars.

Michael Pietsch—who will take over as CEO of Hachette in April—will chair World Book Night in the United States, replacing Morgan Entrekin of Grove/Atlantic. (Shelf Awareness)

Despite Barnes & Noble's claim that they'd not carry Amazon Publishing titles, paidContent found several of Amazon's titles on display at Barnes & Noble in New York City. (Melville House has a follow-up: Barnes & Noble will recall the books in question.)

Author Misha Angrist catalogs the five stages of grief that immediately follow book publication. (Awl)

Seth Fried offers advice on your upcoming MFA application: "Under no circumstances should you use any of the following words or phrases in your teaching statement: body painting, tantric, trust falls." (Tin House)

Design Observer showcases the fifty winning books of its cover design award for 2011, including Christopher Turner's Adventures in the Orgasmatron, and Poetry After 9/11, published by Melville House.

For Banned Books Week, Guernica speaks with Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, which won the National Book Award in 1983 and the next year was "challenged as inappropriate reading material for students."

Paris Review editor Lorin Stein rounded up his favorite collections of short stories, including Roberto Bolaño's Last Evenings on Earth. (Daily Beast)

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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.