Remembering Robert Hayden, Vagaries of Self-Promotion, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.5.13

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:

Forbes considers how the burgeoning self-publishing industry will alter the role of literary agents.

“I hate Facebook. I hate Twitter. I spend a lot of time on both.” Author Sean Beaudoin discusses the vagaries of self-promotion. (Salon)

Meanwhile, on her blog, novelist and editor Roxane Gay relates the significance of an online presence, and lists some examples of well-made author websites.

The New York Times reports how replacing Charles Darwin with Jane Austen on British currency has resulted in threats of rape and murder.

Following poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s appearance on the Colbert Report, and subsequent criticism by fellow poets, Robert Archambeau examines the state of conceptual writing. (Poetry)

NPR remembers poet Robert Hayden—born one hundred years ago this past Sunday.

Alexandra Socarides explores the origins of Langston Hughes’s famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Jason Diamond lists ten must-reads for August, including Nelly Reifler’s Elect H. Mouse State Judge. (Flavorwire)

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.