Twitter Fiction Festival, Louis Vuitton's Literary Salon, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.19.12

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:

Twitter is playing host to a Twitter Fiction Festival next month—submissions are open to anyone. (GallyCat)

Shelf Awareness reports Amazon's next best business will likely be exploiting its "trove of purchase and browsing data."

Luxury-goods powerhouse Louis Vuitton has opened a literary salon in Paris. The exhibit—which includes Ed Ruscha's Kerouac-inspired artwork, books for sale, and scheduled literary discussions—runs through 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

Novelist D. J. Taylor lists the best ten literary parodies, including Hugh Kingsmill's "What, Still Alive at Twenty-Two?", which spoofs A. E. Housman's "A Shropshire Lad." (Guardian)

Photographs have surfaced of James Franco’s screen adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. (We Got This Covered)

On her Tumblr, novelist Jami Attenberg shares recent thoughts on "sexism, feminism, and literature."

In his new show I Can't Stop Thinking About Yesterday at the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City, artist Kent Rogowski combines the titles of hundreds of self-help books to create a larger narrative.

Bret Easton Ellis has accused Lindsay Lohan of missing work. (Entertainment Weekly)

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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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.


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by Kevin Larimer

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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.