Remembering Harry Crews, MFA Debate, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.30.12

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:

Another loss for the literary world, the Washington Post reports author Harry Crews died yesterday in Florida. He was seventy-six. (Watch an advice-filled interview with Harry Crews on our Clips page.)

Recalling the 1962 launch of the venerable New York Review of Books, GalleyCat asks, "When should writers work for free?"

England's Handspring Puppet Company has adapted for the stage Ted Hughes's famous 1970 collection of poems, Crow. The performance will premiere in July as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. (BBC News)

On the first installment of a new writing-advice column, Ask the Writing Teacher, Edan Lepucki dives into the MFA debate. (Millions)

In case you missed author Meghan Daum's lecture last night at Vassar College, which marked the opening of a Thompson Memorial Library exhibit celebrating the centenary of Mary McCarthy's birth—the show, Mary McCarthy and Vassar, will be on display through June. (Miscellany News)

In light of New Directions January publication of George Steiner's latest, The Poetry of Thought: from Hellenism to Celan, the Times Literary Supplement looks at the work of this influential literary critic.

If you're near New York City next week, the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a reading at BookCourt Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

The Nervous Breakdown gathered this week's top ten literary tweets of the week, including novelist Jami Attenberg's, "If you don't have anything nice to say, just email it to your friend instead."

Flavorwire uncovered ten famous ghostwriting collaborations, including Kingsly Amis lending a hand to Ian Fleming.

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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

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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.