Sherman Alexie’s Sparks Twitter Deluge, Charlotte Brontë’s French Homework, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.12.13

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:

Disclosures of government sponsored phone and Internet surveillance has increased sales of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Wall Street Journal)

One page of Charlotte Brontë's French homework (on the topic of filial love) fetched almost eighty thousand dollars in a private sale. The work was discovered last year in a personal library. (Guardian)

Novelist and poet Sherman Alexie sparked a Twitter deluge with this short statement: “Grammar cops are rarely good writers. Imagination always disobeys.” (GalleyCat)

Narrative 4, a storytelling nonprofit, launched recently in partnership with Esquire. To celebrate, Byliner has new fiction from Narrative 4 contributors Adam Haslett, Amy Bloom, Patrick McGrath, and Ayana Mathis.

In a photo essay, Charlie Savage looks at the libraries of Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (New York Times)

For the Paris Review Daily, Sadie Stein reads Lydia Davis’s “Local Obits.

Fashion boutique Aritzia asked Slaughterhouse 90210 creator Maris Kreizman to pair famed locations in New York City with passages from favorite literature.

If you’re sending a kid off to their last day of school this week, author Dani Shapiro shares her thoughts about transitional moments and the writing life.

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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.