Worst Publisher in History, Death of the Partisan Review, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.10.13

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:

GalleyCat reports publishing-related Kickstarter projects raised over fifteen million dollars in 2012, but with a 30 percent success rate.

On the Best American Poetry blog, Don Share recalls his time working at the venerable Partisan Review, which was in operation from 1934 to 2003.

"Curll was rumored (by Henry Fielding among others) to keep a team of hacks confined to a garret, where they churned out a high volume of disreputable and highly disposable texts, like an 18th-century outpost of the Gawker Media empire." Laura Miller reveals the worst publisher in history. (Salon)

A musical parody of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey is coming to the New York City stage. (Entertainment Weekly)

Meanwhile, Doubleday is releasing the E. L. James trilogy in hardcover on January 29. (GalleyCat)

Dan Chiasson looks at the poetry of David Ferry, who recently won the National Book Award at age eighty-eight. (New Yorker)

The Huffington Post offers advice on composing a succinct agent query letter.

Sterling Lord, the agent who introduced Jack Kerouac to the reading public, has written a memoir entitled Lord of Publishing. (Vanity Fair)

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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.