Joyce Carol Oates’s Writing Tips, New Joseph Heller Story, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.23.13

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:

A never-before-seen story by Catch-22 author Joseph Heller will appear this week in the Strand. (Guardian)

Taffy Brodesser-Akner gleans what can be learned about the creative process when writers are forced to produce a play within twenty-four hours. (Fast Company)

Book Country has relaunched, expanding its genre coverage—it now includes literary fiction. (Publishing Perspectives)

Actor Jeffrey Tambor is part owner of famed Skylight Books in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Huffington Post gathered writing tips offered by Joyce Carol Oates, including, “Write your heart out.”

Meanwhile, Maria Popova collected Raymond Chandler’s thoughts on writing: “There is not much point in all this pseudo-elaborate differentiation between the professional and the amateur.” (Brain Pickings)

Biographile explains why the world needs a definitive biography of Joan Didion.

If you’re near New York City this coming weekend, the third annual New York Poetry Festival takes place July 27–28 on Governors Island. (Rumpus)

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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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

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Posted 10.15.14

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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.


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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.