Radical Politics in Contemporary Fiction, Favorite Literary Punching Bags, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.18.13

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 newly merged Penguin Random House announced its creation of combined fulfillment operations. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, Random House will release eight of the late Norman Mailer’s titles as e-books for the first time, as well as redesigned paperbacks, and a new collection of essays. (New York Times)

Take heart, GalleyCat details a nonfiction query that was rejected seventy-five times before landing an agent.

Speaking of success, J. K. Rowling is most proud of her days as a single mom.

In this week’s Bookends feature, Pankaj Mishra and Jennifer Szalai discuss radical politics in contemporary fiction. (New York Times)

“I lay down on the sidewalk in front of the Sagrada Família, stretching back to look up at the Nativity Façade, trying to capture most of my older sister and all of the spires in my camera’s viewfinder.” Casey N. Cep discusses favorite cathedrals in life and in fiction. (Paris Review Daily)

Jason Diamond explains what it means to hate favorite online literary punching bags, such as Jonathan Franzen, James Franco, and others. (Flavorwire)

Phyllis Rose considers the strange alchemy that creates well-made literary biography. (American Scholar)

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.