Michelle Dean on the Game of Women’s Memoir, Life Advice From J. Robert Lennon, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.17.13

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:

“Accusations of silliness (and its close cousin, sluttiness) have plagued just about every woman writer you can think of.” Michelle Dean takes a detailed look at the game of women's memoir. (New York)

Playwright and outspoken author David Mamet has joined the ranks of the self-published. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Digital Book World answers some key points about self-publishing made by the New York Times.

Author George Orwell's birthplace in India will be turned into a public memorial—to Gandhi. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Paisley Rekdal comes to the defense of the poetry workshop. (Harriet)

On Graywolf's blog, novelist J. Robert Lennon dispenses advice for the literary-minded and lovelorn alike: “If you feel like a failure, then, congratulations! You feel like a writer.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn played college basketball for Hofstra University, and tells NPR what commonalities basketball and poetry share.

Henry Review features NPR correspondent Scott Simon reading his new novel Pretty Birds.

Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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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.