William Zinsser's Writing Advice, Literary Rules for Social Media, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.30.13

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:

The New York Times sits down with William Zinsser, the venerable author of On Writing Well, who is still dispensing writing advice and teaching at ninety.

Do you procrastinate? So did Franz Kafka. (Slate)

A new documentary entitled Out of Print screened this past week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Vivienne Roumani, the film looks at the current shift to electronic texts, and features Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Author’s Guild president Scott Turow, among others. (PBS)

Meanwhile, considering our new electronic landscape, Michael Bourne suggests it's time to dispense with the “play-by-play book review.” (Millions)

And Jennifer Niesslein suggests some helpful rules for the literary community—on social media and elsewhere. (Virginia Quarterly Review)

As April's National Poetry Month comes to a close, January Gill O’Neil explains why we need poetry more than ever before. (Salem News)

Barnes and Noble Review takes a look at the Selected Letters of Willa Cather, published in April by Knopf.

Did you know the Coen brothers' comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? was modeled on Homer’s Odyssey? Emily Temple rounds up nine other films based on poetry. (Flavorwire)

Current Issue

Cover Story 

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.