William Styron's New Book of Revelatory Letters, Gift Ideas for Literature Lovers, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.26.12

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:

Recently, PBS NewsHour spoke with Staten Islander Jennifer Fitzgerald about how poetry can help search for meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile, NPR's All Things Considered interviewed Rose Styron about her late husband, novelist William Styron, and what the new book of his correspondence reveals about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

The Obama family visited an independent bookstore, One More Page, in Virginia this weekend to promote Small Business Saturday. (Reuters)

Dave Eggers likes Green Apple Books in San Francisco; Pete Hamill frequents New York City's famous Strand—these are just a few authors featured in My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. (Atlantic)

Proving it's never too late to write, Flavorwire rounds up a collection of "literary late bloomers," including Charles Bukowski, and Deborah Eisenberg.

And if you need a nudge writing that first novel, MediaBistro found a Random Line Generator.

For lit-minded holiday shoppers, Book Riot collected gift ideas on its Pinterest board, as did Largehearted Boy's David Gutowski.

And if you're in the holiday spirit, the Los Angeles Review of Books is attempting to raise ten thousand dollars by Friday—if they succeed they'll win a matching grant.

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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.