Prison Diaries of Famed Greek Poet Yannis Ritsos, Tony Earley Discusses William Maxwell, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.3.13

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:

Over the holidays, Barnes & Noble experienced a decline in retail revenues compared to last year. (GalleyCat)

Since 2000, Michael Bourne has consumed over seven hundred books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—for the Millions, Bourne explains why his New Year's resolution is to read fewer titles.

Vogue lists thirteen things to look forward to this year, including Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby and the opening of Nora Ephron's last play, Lucky Guy.

Critic David L. Ulin looks at the newly released Diaries of Exile, by the late Greek poet Yannis Ritsos. The book is comprised of three journals Ritsos kept while a political prisoner in the late 1940s and early 1950s. (Los Angeles Times)

For January's fiction podcast at the New Yorker, listen to author Tony Earley discuss and read the work of William Maxwell.

If you're taking any trips this year (or on a book tour), Travel + Leisure features America’s best bookstores.

From having tea with Alexander Pushkin's descendants to tracking down leading Pushkin scholars, Michael Johnson reveals his decades-long fascination with the great Russian poet. (Open Letters Monthly)

Flavorwire gathered photographic evidence of authors having a good time.

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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.