On Self-Promotion, New Peter Matthiessen Novel, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.25.13

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:

Amazon announced releases of upgraded versions of its Kindle Fire tablet devices. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, Mashable chats with a smiling Jeff Bezos about the future of the retail giant.

Peter Matthiessen, octogenarian, former CIA agent, and co-founder of the Paris Review, will publish a new novel called In Paradise. (New York Times)

Sony has optioned screen rights to David Baldacci’s new novel, six months before its release. (GalleyCat)

“My own candidate for Punctuation Mark of the Year would be the much-maligned apostrophe.” Mary Norris explains that today is National Punctuation Day. (New Yorker)

The Portland Press Herald looks at the life and work of author Nicholson Baker, who makes his home in South Berwick, Maine.

Author Roxane Gay considers new books by writers of color, including Milk & Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith, and Diriye Osman’s Fairytales for Lost Children, and more. (Nation)

For the New York Times, Zoë Heller and Mohsin Hamid debate whether fictional characters should be likable.

On his blog, Andrew Scott shares his thoughts with authors on self-promotion.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

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.