Megan Mayhew Bergman on Meeting Reagan, Margaret Atwood's Ten Tips for Writers, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.10.12

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:

Several national organizations of writers oppose Google's recent settlement with the Association of American Publishers, and call on the DOJ to investigate antitrust implications. (PRNewswire)

This May, HarperCollins will publish an unseen book-length alliterative poem by J.R.R. Tolkien called “The Fall of Arthur.” (New York Daily News)

"Darling, your father is going to be famous someday. People will say his books are dirty, but they are truthful books because people in real life use dirty words." Nanette Vonnegut writes of growing up with a famous father. (Huffington Post)

Jon Stock details how he convinced an overzealous online critic to retract a one-star review. (Telegraph)

Hayden's Ferry Review rounded up several editors to dish on what makes a good cover letter when submitting writing to journals.

Brain Pickings showcases the two-book collaboration between artist R. Crumb and Charles Bukowski.

Author Megan Mayhew Bergman plumbs the memory of when—as a kid from North Carolina visiting Florida—she met Ronald Reagan. (Rumpus)

Margaret Atwood offers ten tips for writers: "Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do." (Atlantic)

Meanwhile, on his blog, author Kyle Minor offers advice to his younger self: "Do things that carry with them a high probability of failure. Keep failing at them until you’re not failing at them anymore."

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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.