Letters in Support of Ghassan Zaqtan, Poetry on Mars, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.4.13

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:

New York City's Word Up Community Bookshop, which was in danger of closing, has found a new storefront. (Publishers Weekly)

GalleyCat discovered a blog called Love Reading, Hate Books, which gathers entertaining one-star book reviews of great works of literature.

The New York Times asks, “Does great literature make us better?

Meanwhile, a couple was discovered this past weekend allegedly breaking into the Emily Dickinson Museum—the famed poet's home is owned by Amherst College. A caretaker called the police, and the man and woman were arrested. (MassLive)

In support of poet Ghassan Zaqtan, who was temporarily denied a visa to appear in Canada, several writers, including Marilyn Hacker, Ron Slate, and Alan Shapiro, voiced their opinions. Shapiro wrote, “The vitality of a free society depends on the vitality of the conversation it conducts about itself.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

If you'd like your poetry to travel to Mars, there is an online contest sponsored by NASA. (Millions)

If you missed Allen Ginsberg's birthday yesterday, check out this recording of “A Supermarket in California” at the Academy of American Poets.

Seth Fried highlights some recent communications from a poet we all know on Facebook. (New Yorker)

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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.