Tips on How to Get Writing Out of the Slush Pile, Jamaica Kincaid Interview, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.15.13

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:

Barnes & Noble announced its Nook revenues would not meet expectations. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, Slate's Matthew Yglesias writes Barnes & Noble is not "long for this world."

Publishers Weekly reports sales are up at Simon & Schuster, but not profits.

The Los Angeles Review of Books filmed author Jamaica Kincaid's appearance at UC Riverside's thirty-fifth annual Writers Week conference. In the video, Kincaid reads from her new novel See Now Then, and is interviewed.

J. Robert Lennon explains why some writers strive to be rock star musicians. (New York Times Magazine)

In case you've not received enough Valentines, Carolyn Kormann looks at the love poetry of John Donne. (New Yorker)

On its blog, Ploughshares advises how to get out of the slush pile.

For the Guardian Books podcast: poet Jo Shapcott reads and discusses the work of a favorite writer—Emily Dickinson.

IFC films picked up the Bret Easton Ellis-penned movie, The Canyons, which stars Lindsay Lohan, and is directed by Paul Schrader. (Daily Beast)

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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.