Poetry in War, Leonora Carrington, Self-Publishing Tax Tips, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.19.13

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:

Matiullah Turab, a Pashtun poet, uses his talents to create context and characterize the lives of ordinary Afghans trapped in the suffocating violence, corruption, and despair of war. (New York Times)

The Paris Review explores the surreal, odd, and fertile imagination of artist and writer Leonora Carrington, whose work is finding new relevance among fellow writers in today’s literary scene.

Learn four ways self-published authors can sell e-books and avoid the 30% Amazon tax. (Forbes)

Effective writing is comprised of parts of speech and the words we choose to accomplish inherent grammatical duties. (Huffington Post)

Poet John Hollander, known for reinvigorating traditional verse forms with robust wit and intelligence, dies at age 83 in Connecticut. (NPR)

The Millions drags confined protagonists into the literary light with an essay on “garret novels” and the colorful history of books that feature characters who prefer to live in isolation.

From fountain pens and pencils to notebooks and typewriters, check out the preferred writing tools for these top 20 famous writers. (Flavorwire)

Can literary fiction survive in a cultural landscape that is increasingly segmented and unsympathetic to the plights of others—whether real or fictional? (Rumpus)

Current Issue

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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.