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Princeton Acquires Rare Yeats Manuscript, Prison Library Initiative, and More
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:10:37 +0000 -

Lorca killed on government orders; Borges’s universal library as a website; World Book Day in space; and other news.

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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 Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University has acquired a rare manuscript of W. B. Yeats poems published in 1935. Yeats’s sister, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, printed just thirty copies of the manuscript on Cuala Press—a small publisher she founded in 1908. (Melville House)

Jorge Luis Borges’s philosophical short story “The Library of Babel” imagines the universe as an infinite library that contains all possible texts. Brooklyn author Jonathan Basile has recreated Borges’s universal library as a website. (Flavorwire)

Yesterday, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti celebrated World Book Day above the world—on the International Space Station, in fact. (Shelf Awareness)

The Granada police headquarters recently released documents revealing that the 1936 execution of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca was carried out on official military orders. It was previously thought that a right-wing firing squad killed Lorca, and this is the first admission of Franco-era officials of their involvement in the poet’s death. (Guardian)

Poetry is less popular than knitting? According to new government data, there has been a consistent decline in poetry readership in the United States over the past twenty years. The most recent Survey of Public Participation in the Arts found that only 6.7 percent of Americans had read a work of poetry at least once in the past year, which is down from 17 percent in 1992. (Washington Post)

In partnership with the nonprofit organization unPrison Project, the Children’s Book Council is launching an initiative to establish children’s book libraries for incarcerated mothers in ten states. (Publishers Weekly)

A new website called Bound & Dedicated invites people to share photos and stories about physical books they own that are inscribed by the authors, or otherwise hold special meaning for their owners. Site creator Tim Huggins started the project not to make a profit, but instead to “memorialize a tangible item in a digital world.” (Washington Post)

World Book Day, Whitman’s Drum-Taps, and More
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:32:58 +0000 -

Shakespeare’s birthday; Gregory Pardlo on winning the Pulitzer; Norton Anthology editor M. H. Abrams dies at 102; and other news.

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Today is World Book and Copyright Day. Established in 1995 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Book and Copyright Day recognizes the societal importance of books and promotes literacy worldwide. The date of April 23 is symbolic for world literature because it was on this date in 1616 that Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare all died.

Speaking of Shakespeare’s death, today also marks the Bard’s 451st birthday, and tributes and celebrations abound everywhere from his hometown of Stratford upon Avon, England, to New York City.

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Walt Whitman first published his Civil War poetry collection Drum-Taps, and the collection was recently reissued by New York Review Books. At the Boston Globe, Richard Kreitner discusses Whitman’s lasting relevancy and how the reissue of Drum-Taps serves as a “timely reminder that Whitman was not so much reveling in the carnage of a country divided—a charge leveled at him in recent years—as hoping that, in his poetry, readers would find the moral resources for what needed to come next: national reconstruction, in the most profound sense.”

M. H. Abrams, the founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, has died at age 102. Abrams edited the first seven editions of the anthology. His critical histories of the Romantic Poets—The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition, and Natural Supernaturalism—shifted the academic study of Romanticism in the 1950s. (Guardian)

At the New York Times, Alexandra Alter profiles Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection Digest. “Mr. Pardlo’s writing is often pointedly arcane, poking fun at the self-consciousness of academic and critical discourse….But he also writes intensely personal poems…and delivers funny and poignant dispatches from the front lines of gentrifying Brooklyn.”

This year’s Banned Books Week—a nationwide campaign aimed to raise awareness of book censorship—will focus on young adult books. In a statement yesterday, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee Judith Platt said, “Young adult books are challenged more frequently than any other type of books.” Banned Books Week 2015 will take place September 27 through October 3.

“I’m very drawn to that imaginary time-traveling—projecting yourself into the past, and into a specific person’s experience of the past, through their physical environment and the actual clothes that they wore.” At the Atlantic, author and editor Kate Bolick talks about the experience of engaging with historical women she admired while writing her new book Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own.

Anthony Doerr Interview, Poetry Etymology, and More
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:39 +0000 -

Author responds to his memoir-turned-film; Frederic Morton has died; Highline poetry walk; and other news.

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At the Guardian, Michelle Dean interviews Anthony Doerr, who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See. Doerr discusses his writing style, literary influences, and how it took ten years to write his prize–winning book.

Having your memoir turned into a James Franco movie sounds great, but what if the film incorrectly depicts your life? At Vulture, Stephen Elliott writes about the strange experience of seeing the film adapted from his memoir, The Adderall Diaries. “I'm grateful that my own art was deemed a worthy stepping stone for someone else’s art…. Still, what I saw rattled me. What I saw was a very different Stephen Elliott than the person I believe myself to be, and it made me question some of my fundamental beliefs about art.”

Author and essayist Frederic Morton has passed away at age ninety. The Austrian-born Holocaust refugee, who had lived in the United States since 1938, wrote over a dozen books in his lifetime. Morton’s most famous book is The Rothschilds (1962), which was adapted into a Broadway musical. (Washington Post)

“Poetry is what’s thrilling, while a poem is that poor thing with eleven readers, eight of them members of the poet’s extended family.” At the Paris Review, Damion Searls examines the etymology of poetry and its ambiguous definitions.

The Los Angeles Times lists seven pieces of advice from authors Meghan Daum, Malcom Gladwell, and others from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The annual festival took place last weekend at the University of Southern California. 

“I’m not convinced that having another author’s style rub off on mine would be a terrible thing.” In this week’s installment of the New York Times Bookends series, Zoë Heller and Anna Holmes discuss what they read while writing.

In collaboration with the Highline in New York City, the Academy of American Poets will host an “After Sunset Poetry Walk” on Saturday, April 25. The event, which honors National Poetry Month, will feature a series of traditional, spoken word, and American Sign Language poetry performances along the Highline park.

Charlotte Brontë–Inspired Stories, Elizabeth Alexander on Grief, and More
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:03:25 +0000 -

Toni Morrison at NPR; the American dream in contemporary novels; Murakami’s advertising stories; and other news.

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Next spring, Borough Press will publish a new collection of short stories inspired by Charlotte Brontë. Each original story in the anthology, which is titled Reader, I Married Him, will begin with that famous line from Jane Eyre. The 2016 publication will mark the bicentenary of Brontë’s birth. (Bookseller)

At Salon, poet Elizabeth Alexander, who read at president Obama’s 2008 inauguration ceremony, discusses her new memoir, The Light of the World, and the process of writing through grief. 

Meanwhile, in an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Toni Morrison talks about regret, her new novel God Help the Child, and how the writing process heals and protects: “Nothing matters more in the world or in my body or anywhere when I’m writing. It is dangerous because I’m thinking up dangerous, difficult things, but it is also extremely safe for me to be in that place.”

It is a lesser-known fact that from 1985 to 1987, global bestselling author Haruki Murakami wrote very short stories for advertisements in men’s lifestyle magazines. (Open Culture)

“One could argue that the American dream is the subject of every American novel, a sort of blurry-eyed national obsession with having it all and coming out on top, or in the case of most plot-driven literature, the failures and breakdowns in that quasi-noble pursuit.” At the Guardian, Christopher Bolin considers the depiction of the American dream—or nightmare—in contemporary novels.

A new bookstore in Fort Myers, Florida, strictly sells books by local and self-published authors. Unlike traditional chain stores or independent stores, the Gulf Coast Bookstore allows self-published authors to rent shelf space in three-month increments and receive 100 percent of every sale. (Publishers Weekly)

“A physical book makes it possible to fend off the nausea roused by the electronic despotism we’ve let into our lives.” In an essay for the New Republic, William Giraldi defends the necessity of physical books.

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember the names of characters or definitions of words created for specific works of fiction. Luckily, a new app called Fictionary allows users to access book-specific dictionaries to help them keep track of characters, terms, and places created by the book’s author. The app is free and works on most e-readers. (GalleyCat)

Library of Congress Poetry Archive Goes Digital, Literary Fame, and More
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:09:51 +0000 -

Gary Snyder interview; Nick Cave poetry book; Catapult to host fiction workshops; and other news.

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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:

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has made fifty recordings from its Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature available online for the first time. The archive includes two thousand readings and lectures from poets including Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the 2015 Jackson Poetry Prize–winner X. J. Kennedy. Going forward, five recordings will be added on a monthly basis over the next several years. (Hyperallergic)

At NPR, poet Gary Snyder, who is now eighty-four and has published more than twenty books over the course of his career, talks about his newest collection, This Present Moment, and how it feels to write now that many of his contemporaries—including beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg—have passed away. “So you try to bring some little bit of quality to your choices and…stop and appreciate things maybe a little more than you did when you were trying to…match a big steady schedule.”

Romantic poet William Wordsworth achieved lasting fame, but few have heard of his contemporary Barry Cornwall. At the New Yorker, Joshua Rothman examines the complicated formula for achieving literary fame.

How should we respond to the current abundance of reading material available to us? At the New York Review of Books blog, Tim Parks considers the relationship between “the quantity of books available to us, the ease with which they can be written and published, and our reading experience.”

A recent report from the University of London reveals a significant inequality in the earnings of authors in the United Kingdom. In 2013, the top 1 percent of authors who made £450,000 took in 22.7 percent of earnings, and the bottom 50 percent, who made less than £10,500, accounted for just 7 percent of all author earnings. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Forbes reports on the rare case of a self-published author who earns $450,000 a year. Mark Dawson has sold over 300,000 copies of his Soho Noir crime-thriller series, which he published on Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform.

Musician Nick Cave, who has previously published two novels, released his first poetry collection, The Sick Bag Song, last week. In lieu of making the book available in bookstores or on Amazon, Cave is testing a new direct fan marketing approach: The book is only available for purchase through the website thesickbagsong.com. (GalleyCat)

Beginning next week, in conjunction with Catapult Publishing, Electric Literature will host a series of affordable fiction writing workshops in its New York City offices. Author James Hannaham will lead the first master class on April 27.

Murakami and Adichie Among Time’s Most Influential People, The Book of Joy, and More
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:40:23 +0000 -

The right kind of day job for a writer; GIF quotes app; a new reading of L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time; and other news.

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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:

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, has released a never-before-seen passage from a draft of L’Engle’s iconic young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time. Scholars argue that the passage, which can be read at the Wall Street Journal, challenges the common interpretation of the 1962 novel as an allegory for the Cold War. In the passage, the father of protagonist Meg Murray says the world’s greatest evil comes not from any particular political system but from placing too much value on security.    

Time magazine has included Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on its annual list of the world’s most influential people.  Murakami was categorized as an icon, Adichie as an artist. (Los Angeles Times)

Nobel peace laureates Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama will collaborate on a new book, The Book of Joy: Finding Enduring Happiness in an Uncertain World, which will be published by Penguin’s Avery imprint. The two spiritual leaders have invited the public to post questions about joy and happiness to their Facebook pages; they will address the most popular questions in the book. (Guardian)

Tennessee’s Senate has effectively killed the bill to make the Bible the state’s official book by sending it to committee. The bill, which was passed by the state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, was opposed by Republican governor Bill Haslam as disrespectful of the Bible and by state attorney general Herbert Slatery. (Tennessean)

The new app GIF Quotes allows users to instant-message friends with animated quotes from classic texts like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. (Slate)

Speaking of Jane Austen, at the Millions, Gina Fattore considers the right kind of day job for a writer by comparing the careers of Austen and her contemporary Frances Burney.

Jeff Lee and Ann Martin, two former booksellers, are converting a Colorado ranch nestled in the Rocky Mountains into a research institution and live-in library. The couple has collected thirty-two thousand books focused on the American West, and plans to outfit the ranch with studios, dormitories, and a dining hall. (New York Times)

At the Wall Street Journal, copyeditor Ben Zimmer considers whether it’s still taboo to use “they” as a singular pronoun.

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If At First You Don't Succeed...
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:49:57 +0000 -

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is one of three novelists, profiled by Emily Raboteau in "If At First You Don't Succeed" (March/April 2014), who persevered despite the commercial "failure" of early books. From the profile:

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How Food Writing Fed My Fiction
Mon, 20 May 2013 14:15:23 +0000 -
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Join fiction writer, dessert blogger, and baker Aaron Hamburger at Whole Foods Market in New York City as he prepares his delicious limoncello cupcakes and talks about what the art of food writing has taught him about fiction writing. Watch via YouTube.

Junot Díaz Records Audio of His New Book, This Is How You Lose Her
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 -
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Ever wonder how an audio book is created? Watch this exclusive video of Junot Díaz recording the opening lines of his short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, 2012), which is featured in the Page One section of our September/October 2012 issue.

The Bard Behind the Bar
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 18:54:13 +0000 -
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Join contributor Robert Hershon for a pint at McSorley's Old Ale House, where poet and head bartender Geoffrey Bartholomew has sold more than five thousand copies of his self-published collection, The McSorley's Poems, without the aid of a high-powered marketing department or special advertising and promotions. Watch via YouTube.

The Corner Library
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:12:13 +0000 -

Poets & Writers Magazine takes a look inside the Corner Library, a tiny book depository serving the community in Brooklyn, New York's Williamsburg neighborhood.

Behind the Scenes at a Poets & Writers Cover Shoot
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:15:49 +0000 -

Go behind the scenes at the photo shoot with the literary agents featured on the cover of our July/August issue to see how much time and energy goes into capturing the images published in Poets & Writers Magazine. Join the photographer, the art director, the managing editor, and the editor of the magazine in a SoHo loft as they work toward the perfect cover.

Writing Contest Advice
Sun, 01 May 2011 19:44:51 +0000 -

Watch Stephanie G'Schwind, Camille Rankine, Michael Collier, and Beth Harrison offer their advice for poets and writers interested in submitting their work to writing contests. G'Schwind, director of the Center for Literary Publishing; Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; Rankine, communications coordinator at Cave Canem Foundation; and Harrison, associate director of the Academy of American Poets, talked with editor Kevin Larimer as part of a roundtable interview published in the May/June 2011 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:28:07 +0000 -

Watch contributor Thomas Israel Hopkins—along with this wife, novelist Emily Barton, and their son, Tobias—discuss the impetus for writing "The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies." In the article, which appears in the March/April 2011 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Hopkins takes a look at the relatively small number of colonies that allow writers to bring children for their full stay and offers some suggestions for ways in which parent-writers and residency directors can work together to facilitate more programs that accommodate families.

Behind the Design of This Issue's Inspiring Cover
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 05:00:00 +0000 -
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Watch editor Kevin Larimer's interview with illustrator Jim Tierney, who reveals his initial sketches and revisions of this issue's cover.

DIY: How to Coptic Bind a Chapbook
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:18:59 +0000 -
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As a companion to Indie Innovators, a special section on groundbreaking presses and magazines, we demonstrate how to Coptic bind a chapbook. View the accompanying slideshow for information on formatting your book in Microsoft Word.