Novelists Who Write Reviews, the Magic of Memoirs, Maya Angelou Honored, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.5.13

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:

The New York Times discusses the current state of fiction reviews and why novelists fear writing negative reviews will adversely impact their careers.

Beth Kephart examines outward-reaching narratives in select memoirs while addressing the universal power of shared experiences. (Millions)

Maya Angelou to receive the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which honors the author and poet for her contributions to the literary community. (Huffington Post)

Author Nina Schuyler discusses her novel, The Translator, and the complexities of emotional renewal, strong female protagonists, and becoming attached to one's characters. (Rumpus)

The New Yorker recommends a list of notable books to look out for this September.

Ploughshares offers a writing lesson on why the idea of a perfect first draft is a literary delusion.

Two Harvard seniors delve into the disappearing world of zines and discover what self-publishing meant before the digital age. (Harvard Gazette)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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