Remembering Poet and Editor Harvey Shapiro, John McPhee on Structure, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.8.13

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:

Harvey Shapiro, widely published poet, former editor of the New York Times Magazine and the Times Book Review, has died at eighty-eight. (New York Times)

Fast Company predicts tablet computers will overtake the laptop market in 2013.

And the Wall Street Journal writes: "Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated."

Novelist Kristopher Jansma looks at the complicated relationship between Elmore Leonard and the television show based on his writing, FX’s popular series Justified. (Salon)

John Villasenor, a professor of electrical engineering and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, weighs in on Florida's proposal to offer reduced tuition at public universities to students pursuing the sciences. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Bloomberg Businessweek details entrepreneur Jia Jiang's project, One Hundred Days of Rejection Therapy, which is "based on the idea that once you’re used to the strange looks, rude comments, and outright dismissal of every thing you’re trying to achieve, you’ll be able to overcome whatever makes you nervous."

"In some twenty months, I had submitted half a dozen pieces, short and long, and the editor, William Shawn, had bought them all. You would think that by then I would have developed some confidence in writing a new story, but I hadn’t, and never would." John McPhee reveals what he's learned about structuring a story. (New Yorker)

Open Letters Monthly looks at James Joyce's life in Trieste, a town in northern Italy.

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.