Liao Yiwu's Harrowing New Memoir, How to Catch a Plagiarist, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.27.13

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:

Ian Buruma looks at Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu’s harrowing new memoir, For a Song and a Hundred Songs, which focuses on Yiwu's years of imprisonment. Yiwu was jailed after reciting a poem in honor of pro-democracy protesters. (New Yorker)

Despite a drop in sales, Digital Book World says not to count out Barnes & Noble.

Romance fiction blog Dear Author details how to catch a plagiarist.

The Los Angeles Times showcases the most attractive book covers of 2012, as selected by the magazine Design Observer.

John Grisham’s legal thriller Time to Kill, which was made into a film in 1996, is coming to the Broadway stage. (New York Times)

Wired considers the growth of e-publishing, and suggests that the future success of major publishers is in genre fiction.

Book Riot visits the oldest bookstore in the world.

For the Rumpus, Gertrude Stein illuminates the nuances of craft beer (not really).

Current Issue

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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.