Revisiting E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, Eleanor Catton on The Luminaries, Anonymous Writers, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.20.13

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:

Ragtime, like so much of Doctorow’s fiction, is pinned to a particular, acutely rendered moment in American history.” Bill Morris explores the history, style, and influence of an American classic. (Millions)

Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries, discusses writing the book and the importance of ensuring “that structure did not trump plot.” (New York Times)

In the New Yorker, Maria Bustillos delves into the psychological reasons concerning why an author would forgo literary fame and publish anonymously.

"The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." The Huffington Post reveals twenty quotes wrongly attributed to Mark Twain.

Jason Diamond exhumes seven lost literary works from some of the world’s most accomplished authors. (Flavorwire)

The estate that Nobel Prize-winning poet T. S. Eliot bequeathed to his wife, who died in 2012, will be sold at auction by Christie’s. (Los Angeles Times)

BuzzFeed offers twenty thoughtful gift ideas for bookworms this holiday season.

“And while part of me is so not ready for the onset of sneaky snow days, another part was perversely pleased.” Caitlin O’Neil discusses the creative process in “Writing Is Like Making Snowballs.” (Ploughshares)

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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

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.