Roxane Gay on George Zimmerman Verdict, Reading a Poem Backward, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.15.13

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:

With the news from Florida of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of all charges in killing teenager Trayvon Martin, novelist Roxane Gay weighs in on the verdict. (Salon)

Robert Galbraith—author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling—is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling. (New York Daily News)

In light of J. K. Rowling’s news, the Guardian offers a history of the pseudonym.

Brad Leithauser details the advantages of reading a poem backward. (New Yorker)

LitReactor features five literary magazines that will “restore your faith” in publishing.

Meanwhile, the Airship showcases the history of a long-defunct magazine, the legendary Lingua Franca.

If you missed the television movie Sharknado this weekend, Jason Diamond tells you about the Mia Farrow/Philip Roth Sharknado hoax. (Flavorwire)

Nicholas Rombes revisits Shirley Jackson’s 1951 novel Hangsaman. (Rumpus)

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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.