Reality TV for Authors, Poetic Autobiography, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.15.13

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:

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google over scanning millions of library books was dismissed in New York City yesterday by Judge Denny Chin. (Shelf Awareness)

Farhad Manjoo ponders the driving force behind Amazon’s rapid expansion. (Wall Street Journal)

Melville House looks at a new Italian reality television show called Masterpiece that features aspiring authors competing for a book deal.

Considering the work of Brian Russell, Sharon Olds, and others—Kathleen Rooney questions the mistaken assumption of poetic autobiography. (Poetry Foundation)

Fifty years after the deaths of Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis, and with a new Chronicles of Narnia adaptation heading to theaters, the Guardian contrasts the two authors' divergent posthumous careers.

Meanwhile, Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way is one hundred years old, and Proust scholar William C. Carter writes that in its second century, Proust’s masterpiece “will continue to live, to inspire and delight future generations.” (Wall Street Journal)

Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani employed computer software typically used to trace genetic signatures across the globe to reveal the geographic origins of “Little Red Riding Hood.” (NBC News)

BuzzFeed gathered unreliable narrators from twenty-one novels, including Bee Branch from Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

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.