New J. D. Salinger Letters, Neil Gaiman's Author Advice, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.24.13

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:

To help cover Marjorie Sheard's nursing home expenses, her family sold a collection of 1940s correspondence between Sheard and the young J. D. Salinger to the Morgan Library. For seven decades the letters were stored in a tucked-away shoebox. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Truman Capote's marked-up Breakfast at Tiffany's manuscript is for sale. (Los Angeles Times)

After five years, Colorado-based Mud Luscious Press has shuttered. (Publishers Weekly)

Digital Book World showcases its e-book bestseller list for the first quarter of 2013—Hachette leads the pack.

After five years at the helm of Granta, editor John Freeman will soon depart the literary journal, and move back to New York City to teach at Columbia University. (GalleyCat)

In other staffing news, Rumpus managing editor Isaac Fitzgerald has been named publicity director for indy powerhouse McSweeney’s. On her blog, author Roxane Gay details what it was like to work with Isaac.

In a recent speech at the Digital Minds Conference, Neil Gaiman offered key advice to authors. (Forbes)

In Second Acts, a Los Angeles Review of Books feature that revisits sophomore books of poetry, Lisa Russ Spaar considers the work of Beckian Fritz Goldberg and Andrew Feld.

For the American Scholar, poet Donald Hall remembers motoring across postwar Europe with his first wife Kirby.

PEN World Voices kicks off April 29—the weeklong festival features readings, events, and workshops across New York City, including a post-MFA workshop with Lynn Tilman.

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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.