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Cuban Science Fiction, Thomas Mann’s House for Sale, and More
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:50:46 +0000 -

Frank Ocean’s literary aesthetic; beautiful libraries around the world; books in translation by women; 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:

“He writes with a poet’s eye, blends the colloquial with the fantastic with the gospel in almost masterful ways that create something lush.” Poet Danez Smith—along with writers Morgan Parker, Darnell Moore, and Brit Bennett—considers the literary aesthetic of musician Frank Ocean. (Fader)

At the New Republic, novelist Paul La Farge examines the history of Cuban science fiction through the works of authors Agustín de Rojas and José Miguel Sánchez, who writes under the pseudonym Yoss.

Author Jesmyn Ward talks with Bookforum about editing The Fire This Time, a new collection of essays by black writers on race in America.

The house of late novelist Thomas Mann in Pacific Palisades, California, is up for sale, and could potentially be torn down. (Paris Review)

Poet Max Ritvo has died from cancer at age twenty-five. Ritvo’s poems and essays have been published widely in places including the New Yorker, the Boston Review, and Poetry. Ritvo’s debut collection, Four Reincarnations, will be published by Milkweed Editions in December. Daniel Slager of Milkweed remembers receiving Ritvo’s manuscript for the first time. (New York Times)

To celebrate Women in Translation month, the PEN blog features a list of books translated by women that have won the PEN Translation Prize.

Take a moment to gaze at these images of the “world’s most beautiful libraries,” courtesy of Wallpaper magazine. 

Secret Libraries of History, Free Books for London Prisoners, and More
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:25:50 +0000 -

Elizabeth Bishop’s correspondence; the physical history of the book; novels written by comic book creators; 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:

Soon, every prisoner in London will be given a free book to read while in custody. The “Books in Nicks” program will provide a selection of more than thirty classic novels to prisoners in the city; Each book will also contain advertisements for free educational courses and instructions on how to register for them. (London Evening Standard)

“Bishop may have wanted her poems to be read by future generations in light of the secrets that, in life, she kept so carefully hidden.” Writer Heather Treseler considers poet Elizabeth Bishop’s recently discovered personal correspondence with her therapist. (Boston Review

This week, Norton released Keith Houston’s The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time. Flavorwire features seven images from the work that illuminate the physical history of the book and its evolution over time.

Meanwhile, an article at BBC Culture explores the “secret libraries of history” where books have been hidden and protected for centuries, from Damascus to Cairo.

At Button Poetry, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib interviews poet Ocean Vuong about his acclaimed debut collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, and the relationship with history in his work.

Random House has acquired a collection of personal essays by comedian and actor Bob Odenkirk. In a statement, Odenkirk described the forthcoming book as a “a comic ‘bildungsroman,’ if you will—defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character’—except this will be more memoir and the main character, Bob Odenkirk (actor, writer, comedian, gadabout), doesn’t grow morally or psychologically.” Odenkirk is also developing an AMC miniseries based on Night of the Gun, a memoir by late New York Times columnist David Carr. (New York Times)

Tor.com recommends five novels written by comic book creators, along with a suggested comic work by each author. 

The Accidental Novelist, Truman Capote’s Ashes for Sale, and More
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:01:23 +0000 -

Award-winning novelist Marlon James featured on Vanity Fair’s “Daring 25” list; Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans on publishing works in translation; Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life optioned as series; 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:

Man Booker Prize–winner Marlon James is on Vanity Fair’s “Daring 25” list, which includes “the most intrepid people, companies, and innovations of 2016.”

New York Times book critic Jennifer Senior speaks with novelist Curtis Sittenfeld about how professional authors handle book reviews and criticism.

Next month, independent publisher Milkweed Editions will open a bookstore in Minneapolis. Milkweed Books has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to “experiment with more creative models for bookselling, host more public events, and invest in the work of more independent presses and literary authors.” (Shelf Awareness)

Producer Scott Rudin has optioned Hanya Yanagihara’s acclaimed 2015 novel, A Little Life, as a limited series. (Flavorwire)

Will Evans, publisher of the nonprofit press Deep Vellum, discusses the process of publishing translated books and the importance of bringing more international literature to English readers. (Rumpus)

Poet and memoirist Tracy K. Smith speaks with Paul Holdengraber about faith, identity, parenthood, and books as friends. “That feeling of being accompanied is really what you feel when you sort of surrender to a new book or a new poem.” (Literary Hub)

Guardian journalist Keith Stuart writes about how he became a novelist “by mistake” and earned a two-book deal. His debut novel, A Boy Made of Blocks, will be published in September by St. Martin’s Press. (Publishers Weekly)

Truman Capote’s ashes will go up for auction next month. At Smithsonian Magazine, a writer considers whether selling the human remains of the author is disrespectful or worthy of Capote’s “self-pronounced obsession with fame.” 

Silent Book Clubs, the Poetry Marathon, and More
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:06:26 +0000 -

WNYC talks to poet Evie Shockley about her #DearPresident message; on great sentences; librarians’ top-ten September books; 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:

Do you long for a book club in which you don’t have to talk to the other book club members? At Silent Book Club’s monthly events, which take place in multiple cities, groups meet at a bar with their own books, then sit and read together in silence. (L.A. Magazine

Think running a marathon sounds intimidating? What about writing poetry for an entire day? The Poetry Marathon, which just completed its fourth year, is an annual event that encourages writers around the world to write one poem every hour for twenty-four hours. Five hundred poets from more than twenty countries participated in this year’s marathon, which was held from August 13 to August 14.

“What we get from the artists, writers, musicians, photographers, and so on who we admire is a sense of encouragement or permission to go ahead and do whatever it is that was maybe latent in us already. For me, range was always one of those things.” Teju Cole discusses the book that changed his life. (Men’s Journal)

WNYC’s the Takeaway interviews poet Evie Shockley about her contribution to the Poets & Writers #DearPresident project, which asked fifty American writers to share their messages for the next commander in chief.

At LibraryReads, librarians throughout the country share their top picks for books published in September

“How beautiful is that—to have words travel with you through time, like a patient, loyal friend, waiting for you to catch up, to experience enough of life as a woman, a wife, a mother, a human for you to fully appreciate their wisdom? Globe and Mail writer Sarah Hampson shares her love for the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Is it simplicity or style that makes a masterful sentence? An English and comparative literature professor considers the impact of great sentences. “The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.” (Aeon)

Saving Langston Hughes’s Home, World’s Most Mysterious Book, and More
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:04:48 +0000 -

Poet Yona Harvey on writing for Marvel Comics; publishers react to recent firing of Barnes & Noble CEO; fiction writer Leopoldine Core on voyeurism and obsession; 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:

A Spanish publisher has secured the rights to release copies of the Voynich Manuscript, a fifteenth century book of codes and mysterious images that “no human has ever been able to read.” (Washington Post)

New York City–based writer Renée Watson has started an Indiegogo campaign to save the former home of poet Langston Hughes. Watson aims to turn the Harlem house into a cultural center honoring Hughes. (Fortune)

“There’s something about when you’re a poet, you’re able to sort of zero in on very specific moments, maybe the most tense or terse moments of the day, and I like putting that way of thinking to use for a comic.” Poet Yona Harvey discusses writing a new story for the Marvel Comics series World of Wakanda, and the intersections between poetry and comics. Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the current Black Panther comic series, selected Harvey to write World of Wakanda with author Roxane Gay. (Pitt News)

At NPR, fiction writer Imbolo Mbue discusses her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, and the expectations versus realities of the “American dream.” Mbue’s novel is featured in Poets & Writers Magazine’s  First Fiction 2016 roundup.

“Reading his poetry is like looking into a lake on a bright summer day: you can see all the way to the bottom, though what you discover there may not be comforting.” Poet John Yau considers the work of poet and philosopher John Koethe, whose tenth collection, The Swimmer, is out now from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (Hyperallergic)

Whiting Award–winner Leopoldine Core speaks with the Believer about her story collection When Watched, voyeurism, and writing one’s obsessions. “I want to write about something when I can’t get it out of my head, when I’m obsessed. It’s almost as if the story is happening on its own, generating itself. And I’m simply obeying the creature when I write it down.”

Barnes & Noble’s abrupt firing of its CEO Ron Boire last week incited surprise and speculations among publishing professionals, who fear Barnes & Noble’s search for a successor will set the company back by months. (Publishers Weekly)

Women in Translation, VIDA Hosts Editors Roundtable, and More
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:25:36 +0000 -

Serial Box publishes books in “episodes”; a year without Oliver Sacks; novelist Yaa Gyasi on the Daily Show; 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:

Celebrate Women in Translation month with this list of thirty-one books by women in translation to read now. (Words Without Borders

“Switching languages is a way to shed your skin.” Poet and novelist Idra Novey speaks with the Guardian about translation and her poetic approach to writing her first novel, Ways to Disappear.  

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts hosts a roundtable discussion with editors from several literary publications, in which they discuss solicitation, the problematic rhetoric of publishing, and how their work as editors reflects VIDA’s mission of increasing critical attention to writing by women and marginalized voices.

Speaking of editors, David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker since 1998, speaks with PBS NewsHour about the editorial process and how the magazine has changed over the years.

A new publishing venture called Serial Box “blend[s] nineteenth century serial publishing with twenty-first century TV script writing” to bring books to readers in installments, or “episodes.” (Chicago Tribune)

“It’s still a struggle to excise myself from the tyranny of ‘precise’ linguistics, but as a poet, I’m finding it increasingly more interesting to do so.” At the Kenyon Review, award-winning poet Safiya Sinclair discusses the intentionality of language in her work, and interrogating the fragmentation of the self in her forthcoming collection, Cannibal.

Meanwhile, novelist Yaa Gyasi speaks with the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah about her acclaimed debut novel, Homegoing, and examining the effects of slavery over two centuries, across two continents. “We shouldn’t have to travel to Ghana and visit this castle in order to have this history be more readily available.”

“Oliver’s greatest gift was sensitivity—seeing, feeling, and sketching what the rest of us had never even noticed.” Doctor Orrin Devinsky reflects on his friendship with writer and psychologist Oliver Sacks, who died a year ago. (New Yorker)

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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.