Richard Nash Examines Business of Literature, Fifty Million Dollar Gift, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.8.13

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:

Helen Zell will give fifty million dollars to the writing program at the University of Michigan. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, an anonymous donor gave one hundred thousand books to students in the Mississippi Delta. (Cleveland Currrent)

Siddhartha Mitter reports from the Congo Literary Festival. (New Yorker)

Tibetan poet and activist Tsering Woeser was denied a passport by China to accept an International Women's Day honor in the United States. (Huffington Post)

Because of its author contracts, Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) has declared Random House imprints Hydra and Alibi ineligible for inclusion. (Publishers Weekly)

Elizabeth Bastos describes particular yoga poses for literary types. (Book Riot)

"Yet what we have right now is a system that produces great literature in spite of itself." Publisher and editor Richard Nash examines the business of literature. (Virginia Quarterly Review)

The Telegraph ranks the worst sex scenes in contemporary literature.

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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.