National Poetry Month, Literary Pranks, and More

by Melissa Faliveno

Daily News

Posted 4.1.13

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:

Today kicks off National Poetry Month, inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, which offers thirty ways to celebrate poetry this month. 

Also in honor of National Poetry Month, the editors of Found Poetry Review have launched Pulitzer Remix, a project in which eighty-five poets are asked to create one found poem—taken from eighty-five Pultizer Prize-winning works of fiction—each day this month.

Camp NaNoWriMo—an initiative based on November’s National Novel Writing Month that provides online support, tracking tools, and deadlines to help writers finish a novel draft in a month—also kicks off today. GalleyCat offers ninety tips and tools to help participating writers get started.   

Flavorwire’s Emily Temple rounds up ten new must-read books published this month.

Publishers Weekly has given the twentieth-annual Bookstore of the Year award to Square Books, the Oxford, Mississippi–based bookshop that Grove Atlantic publisher Morgan Entrekin calls "one of the greatest bookstores in America." (Check out Poets & Writers Magazine contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin's interview with Square Books owner Richard Howarth in the inaugural installment of Inside Indie Bookstores.)

Tin House editor Rob Spillman weighs in on Amazon’s recent purchase of Goodreads. (Salon)

In an attempt to debunk the theories of so-called “Bard Deniers,” a group of seven Shakespeare scholars have united to write a book aiming to prove that the Bard did in fact write his own plays. (The Guardian

Today is April Fool’s Day, and while the posts above all link to true stories, Brooklyn, New York–based publisher Melville House rounds up seven pranks and tricks from classic literature

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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.