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University of Akron Press Closes, an Elizabeth Gilbert–Inspired Anthology, and More
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:34:25 +0000 -
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Hackers use Jane Austen to trick antivirus software; 2015 Man Booker longlist announced; how Lydia Davis’s short stories recreate social media’s effects; 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:

Due to millions of dollars in university budget cuts, University of Akron Press—the nonprofit publisher founded in 1988 that sponsors the annual Akron Poetry Prize—was forced to close down on Tuesday. (Ohio.com)

“I have finally started calling myself a ‘traitor who writes,’ after having long hesitated to do so…. But I have decided to accept it because I know my writing does not fit in; it irks and troubles all my neighbors in this country full of smiles.” Chinese novelist Yan Lianke discusses the dream of writing uninhibited in a heavily censored country. (Nation)

The longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The £50,000 award is given to the best novel of the year published in English. Five out of the thirteen finalists are writers from the United States: Bill Clegg, Laila Lalami, Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, and Hanya Yanagihara. The shortlist of six and the winner will be announced in September and October, respectively.

Riverhead Books has put out a call for submissions for a new anthology titled Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, which will be comprised of essays about how Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2005 memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, inspired readers to go on adventures that changed their lives. Readers can submit their essays until July 31. (GalleyCat)

“In placing the routine next to the tragic, the sarcastic next to the reportage, Davis recreates a phenomenon that occurs daily on social media.” Adam Boffa argues that short story writer Lydia Davis’s work resembles the effects of social media and its celebration of the ordinary. (Millions)

At the Atlantic, novelist and short story author Mary-Beth Hughes discusses how the novels of Penelope Fitzgerald, and in particular, The Blue Flower, influenced her to embrace chance and focus on process over product in her writing practice.

And finally, a malicious use of Jane Austen’s words: Some computer hackers are using passages from Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility to slip past antivirus software. Code that includes text from a literary classic, instead of nonsensical text, is deemed safe by computer screening systems. (Telegraph)

Ursula Le Guin Launches Online Craft Workshop, New Transgender Poetry Course, and More
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:10:09 +0000 -
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The language of grief; David Foster Wallace’s entertainment anxiety; an interview with the late E. L. Doctorow; 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:

Fantasy novelist and National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ursula Le Guin is starting an online writing workshop. The eighty-six-year-old author, who says she no longer has the stamina to write novels and no longer teaches in person, will answer select questions about the craft of writing fiction on her Book View Café blog. (Publishers Weekly)

Poet Trace Peterson, who is transgender, will teach the country’s first course in transgender poetry at Hunter College in New York this fall. Peterson tells PBS NewsHour that the new course is part of an ongoing effort to create “visibility for transgender people as well as a literary context for their work.”

Ron Rosenbaum’s interview with E. L. Doctorow, who died last Tuesday, is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the first round of grants in its Public Scholar Program, a new initiative that supports the publication of academic nonfiction books meant for general audiences. Thirty-six scholarly writers received grants totaling $1.7 million. (Washington Post)

At the New York Times, James Parker and Francine Prose weigh in on the authors they feel should be removed from the literary canon, and what it means for a work to be canonical.

“The language of grief is not a specialized vocabulary of secret words. It is ordinary language heated and hammered into receptacles that hold themselves steady long enough to fill with a writer’s meanings.” Talking Writing editor Lorraine Berry discusses four new books published within a few months of one another that use distinct and effective approaches to writing about grief and loss. (Salon)

Over at the New Republic, Jason Guriel considers the irony of making a feature film about entertainment-anxious David Foster Wallace. The movie in question is The End of the Tour, an adaptation of David Lipsky’s 2010 memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. “For most of his career, Wallace suggested that art ought to be difficult, that pleasure is suspect, and that entertainment is compromised.”

Copper Canyon to Publish Lost Neruda Poems, In Defense of Unlinked Story Collections, and More
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:32:03 +0000 -
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Percival Everett interviewed at Virginia Quarterly Review; Roxane Gay on the death of Sandra Bland; retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s journey through the Adirondacks; 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:

Nonprofit publisher Copper Canyon Press has acquired the rights to a manuscript of lost poems by Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Archivists from the Pablo Neruda Foundation discovered the poems last summer, which have yet to be published in English. Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda is slated for release in April 2016. Poet and novelist Forrest Gander will translate the collection. (New York Times)

In the new issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, award-winning author Percival Everett, whose new short story collection, Half an Inch of Water, is forthcoming in September from Graywolf Press, discusses cultural appropriation, the importance of physical place in his writing, how parody factors into his work, and more.

Author Roxane Gay writes for the New York Times about the death of Sandra Bland, the twenty-eight-year-old African American woman who was found dead in jail after three days. “I don’t want to believe our spirits can be broken. Nonetheless, increasingly, as a black woman in America, I do not feel alive. I feel like I am not yet dead.”

James Schlett’s new book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden, details the story of “Philosophers’ Camp,” an 1858 camping expedition in New York’s Adirondack Mountains for American intellectuals, which included poet James Russell Lowell and poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Recently, along with author Bill McKibben, NPR’s Brian Mann set out on the same journey to retrace Emerson’s steps through the mountains.

“I do not need a collection to feel ‘cohesive,’ nor do I spend too much time considering the order. Rather, what I adore is precisely the opposite: a rattling journey from plot to plot, from character to character, from idea to idea.” A literary critic lauds two new noteworthy collections that consist of unlinked short stories: Lauren Holmes’s Barbara the Slut and Other People and Katherine Heiny’s Single, Carefree, Mellow. (Literary Hub)

Author David Shields and Renaissance Hollywood man James Franco have cowritten a book about pop singer Lana Del Rey. Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey, which is already available for pre-order, will be published next March by powerHouse Books. This isn’t the first time Franco and Shields have collaborated: Earlier this year, Franco directed a film version of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, which was written by Shields and Caleb Powell. (Flavorwire)

It’s not “the worst day ever.” Here’s the story of how a New York teen’s inspirational poem found its way to a London bar, and subsequently became a viral sensation. (ABC News)

Rankine's Citizen Hits the Stage, Women Writers and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, and More
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:43:33 +0000 -
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E. L. Doctorow's masterful manipulation of history; a new bookstore hostel opens in Tokyo; the key to rereading complex novels; 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:

This weekend at the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles, Claudia Rankine’s award-winning poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric will be coming to the stage. On the Graywolf Press blog, playwright and Fountain co-artistic director Stephen Sachs talks about adapting the book that has changed the way we talk about race in America.

“These writers don’t need to destroy the world in order to imagine what it might be like to feel unsafe in it…. It’s hard not to think that women just might be better prepared for the end of the world.” Writer and critic Sloane Crosley argues that, unlike many of their male counterparts, women writers who deal in post-apocalyptic fiction lean less on violence in their novels, instead fighting the battle for survival on a more psychological plane. (New York Times)

“History is a battlefield. It’s constantly being fought over because the past controls the present. History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew.” At the Atlantic, Matt Schiavenza discusses the ways in which E. L. Doctorow, who died earlier this week, dealt with historical content in his novels—eloquently, if sometimes inaccurately.

If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping in a bookstore, a new combination bookshop/hostel in Tokyo will allow just that: Book and Bed Tokyo is set to open this September, and will invite bookish guests to bunk up among the store’s shelves. (GalleyCat)

“That year, only the books in my hands knew where to find me. They were my guides, my teachers, and my friends.” A writer recalls the moments in her life when books served as her most inspiring companions. (Millions)

Vladimir Nabokov once said, “There is no reading, only rereading.” At the New York Review of Books, Tim Parks finds the key to rereading complex novels.

At Electric Literature, a former student of David Lipsky recounts her experience watching The End of the Tour—the new movie that brings Lipsky’s five-day interview with the late David Foster Wallace to life—and explores the idea that “…conversation is art—our original, ephemeral method for banishing loneliness.”

Hemingway Look-Alikes, Joan Didion’s Celebrity Status, and More
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:58:38 +0000 -
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Banned books at Hong Kong’s book fair; Little Free Libraries “robbed”; authors recall memorable book tours; 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:

This weekend, more than a hundred bearded men will descend upon Sloppy Joes Bar in Key West Florida to compete in the annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. The competition is part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Scribner has reissued Hemingway’s 1935 work Green Hills of Africa, the author’s firsthand account of his 1933 African safari. Some readers feel the book glorifies the act of killing, which continues to complicate Hemingway’s legacy. (Daily Beast)

Laura Marsh recounts the history of how Joan Didion became the ultimate literary celebrity, one who “seems to tell everything but gives nothing away.” (New Republic)

The End of the Tour, a film based on the book Although of Course You End up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky, opens in theaters July 31. In honor of the release, the New York Times asked a number of authors, including Junot Díaz, Tayari Jones, and Nell Zink, to recall memorable moments from their book tours.

At the New Yorker, Jon Michaud considers the “strange, unsettling fiction” of James Purdy. “It’s hard to think of a contemporary writer whose work shares this sensibility, a cool elegance laid over extreme emotion.”

Linda Kennedy gives a report of this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair, where many titles on display are banned on the Chinese mainland. (BBC News)

T. S. Eliot wore green makeup and George Bernard Shaw wrote in a revolving writing shed. The Guardian lists some quirky writing habits of famous authors.

Over the past week, several Little Free Libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska, were reportedly robbed, which begs the question, Is it considered stealing if the books are free? (Melville House)

E. L. Doctorow Has Died, Jack London’s Writing Advice, and More
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:52:26 +0000 -
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Mark Stanford’s mark on American poetry; teenager heads successful book drive; college denies student’s protest of graphic novels; 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:

 Historical fiction writer E. L. Doctorow, whose award-winning novels include Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005), died yesterday at the age of eighty-four. Over the course of his career, Doctorow published twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction, a play, and dozens of literary and critical essays. The New York Times states, “Mr. Doctorow was widely lauded for the originality, versatility, and audacity of his imagination.” He was “one of contemporary fiction’s most restless experimenters.”

The University of Texas in Austin recently released digitized versions of papers written by nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American authors including Hart Crane, Joseph Conrad, and Jack London. Slate has posted an article from a 1903 edition of the Editor, in which Jack London shares his advice for aspiring writers: “Humor is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded. There are only a few who are able to do it. If you are able, do it by all means. You will find it a Klondike and a Rand rolled into one. Look at Mark Twain.”

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, poet Rigoberto González reviews the fourth books of three “mid-career” poets: Ada Limón’s Bright Dead Things, Kyle Dargan’s Honest Engine, and Quan Barry’s Loose Strife.

In inspirational literary news, Ryan Traynor, a sixteen-year-old boy in California, headed up a six-month book drive that collected twenty-five thousand books for children in need. (ABC News)

“Stanford is an American original in an art form that has had few….His poems will convince you…that American poetry is always young, always renewing itself, and always ready for renewal.” At the Rumpus, poet David Biespiel discusses the work and legacy of poet Frank Stanford.

Library Journal has provided updates on the case of the California college student who protested the inclusion of several “racy” graphic novels on her English 250 course syllabus. The Crafton Hills College administration denied the student’s request to remove the books from the syllabus, as well as her request to place warnings on them. Crafton Hills president Cheryl Marshall said in a statement, “I support the college’s policy on academic freedom which requires an open learning environment at the college.” The books the student objected to were Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Y: The Last Man by Brian Caughan, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Meanwhile, the Guardian profiles Czech-born graphic novelist Ales Kot, whose latest work, Wolf, was released today. “[Kots’s] reality-bending, mind-expanding work, combining contemporary issues with pop-culture references, is a breath of fresh air rattling the windows of the comics establishment.” The twenty-eight-year-old writer cites Raymond Chandler, Neil Gaiman, Joan Didion, and H. P. Lovecraft among his many influences.

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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 -
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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.