Visiting Julian Fellowes, Banned Chinese Writers, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.8.12

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:

Simon & Schuster reports its sales were down in the third quarter, yet earnings rose, and digital sales increased 20 percent. (Publishers Weekly)

A crime writer in Texas, Nancy Mancuso Gelber, was recently imprisoned for contracting to murder her husband. (Huffington Post)

Vanity Fair visits with novelist, screenwriter, and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes.

With hacking prevalent, the New York Times provides advice for writers and anyone else who uses a computer—how to create a proper password.

This month, to draw attention to censorship, Words Without Borders features the work of banned Chinese writers.

The Millions rounds up a rogue’s gallery of literary characters who'd never be elected to office.

Author Nicholson Baker has been posting songs on YouTube. (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

Jezebel features a list of advice F. Scott Fitzgerald gave to his daughter, including: "Don't worry about popular opinion."

If you're thinking ahead for the holidays, consider the Bibliochaise, a chair that showcases three hundred books. (Daily Candy)

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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.