Ninety NaNoWriMo Novels Found Publishers, Sylvia Plath Poem Discovered, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.3.12

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:

National Novel Writing Month is less than a month away, and its organizers report ninety published novels began as NaNoWriMo projects. (GalleyCat)

An unpublished Sylvia Plath poem has surfaced. (Millions)

The New Yorker visits the basement workspace of famed writer and sartorialist Gay Talese.

College writing instructor John Maguire explains the important "technique of writing with things you can drop on your foot." (Atlantic)

"Such a tame biography is not what one expects from an artist of Stevens’s caliber." Michelle Dean looks at the life, work, and political struggles of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Wallace Stevens. (New Yorker)

If you're in the New York City area this weekend, the Jane Austen Society of North America is coming to town. The theme of this year's meeting is Sex, Money, and Power in Jane Austen's Fiction.

Meanwhile, the schedule for the Boston Book Festival has been published, which takes place October 27.

At the Smart Set, Jerry DeNuccio discusses banished words.

And Jerry Seinfeld disabuses Neil Genzlinger on his dislike of "Really!" (New York Times)

Current Issue

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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.