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Eileen Myles on Orlando, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Sterling Lord, and More
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:53:30 +0000 -

Lorrie Moore on Helen Gurley Brown and the “Modern Single Woman”; Knausgaard’s translator; Judith Butler’s influence on gender identity and pop culture; 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:

“We are killing ourselves, and we are killing the most vulnerable ones among us, the ones who felt that bullet all their lives, whether it hit the mark or not.” At Literary Hub, poet and author Eileen Myles writes about Orlando, gun control, and the LGBT community.

Meanwhile, at the American Library Association’s annual conference, which kicked off in Orlando on Friday, author and political commentator Michael Eric Dyson spoke of the city’s recent tragedy, and the importance of education and literacy in creating a more tolerant, inclusive society. (Publishers Weekly)

“Sterling is an old-fashioned gentleman, and Lawrence is really an anarchist.” The New York Times profiles legendary poet, author, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and his longtime agent, Sterling Lord. Ferlinghetti, 97, is at work on an autobiographical novel—the “closest thing to memoir” he’ll ever write—which Lord, 96, has been requesting for nearly two decades.

Fiction writer Lorrie Moore explores recent biographies of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown, and the legacy of the “Modern Single Woman.” (New York Review of Books)

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Liesl Schillinger talks with Don Bartlett, the translator of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume autobiographical novel, My Struggle

“She made it clear that the body is not a stable foundation for gender expression.” The Cut looks at the work and cultural influence of writer and radical theorist Judith Butler, whose 1990 breakthrough book Gender Trouble helped pave the way for today’s understanding of gender identity and performativity.

“I feel wearied and sad. I think I will feel scared soon.” More writers weigh in on Brexit, Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. (n+1)

Michael Herr, whose coverage of the Vietnam War for Esquire—and later in his book Dispatches—redefined the genre of war reporting, died last week after what his publisher said was a long illness. He was 76. (NPR)

Writing and Solitude, Writers on Brexit, and More
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:27:56 +0000 -

Chris Jackson to receive AAWW’s Editorial Achievement Award; Annie Proulx talks books; Adrienne Rich as the archetype of feminism; 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:

“I am also a person who’s really interested in voices in my writing, and I feel that especially when I’m stuck, that I need to be around a lot of people and just listen to them. So I think the solitude I like is the kind that’s really abundant in the city, which is that you are alone, but you are around a lot of people. That’s kind of my sweet spot of solitude, when nobody’s asking anything of me, but I can still be nosy.” Angela Flournoy discusses with Leslie Jamison and Katherine Towler the question of whether writers need to be alone to thrive. (Literary Hub)

In light of yesterday’s Brexit vote—the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union—Neill Denny, the editor of the London-based publishing-news website BookBrunch, predicts the U.K. economy, and publishing industry, will suffer. (Publishers Weekly)

Speaking of Brexit, authors voice their concerns about the decision. Neil Gaiman tweeted, “Dear UK, good luck. I am afraid you are going to need it…” and J. K. Rowling tweeted, “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more.” (GalleyCat, Time)

“Extraordinary sentences, flashes of fresh perception, a carefully constructed edifice with deep meaning.” Fiction writer Annie Proulx considers what moves her in a work of literature. (New York Times)

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop has announced that Chris Jackson, the publisher and editor in chief of One World—an imprint at Random House with a multicultural focus—will receive the AAWW’s second annual Editorial Achievement Award. The award is given to editors who “incubate and publish excellent writers of color and help correct inequities of race, class, and gender in literature.”

“Rich’s refusal to be an archetype of femininity made her an archetype of feminism, a courageous trade but one that confronted her with aesthetic challenges virtually unprecedented in American poetry.” At the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson profiles Adrienne Rich, whose Collected Poems: 1950–2012 was released this month by Norton.

BookRiot chronicles the stories behind the names of several literary presses, including Tin House Books (named after the actual tin house the managing editor lived in) and Penguin Books (the result of founder Allen Lane’s search for a “dignified but flippant” logo for his press).

“We are socialized as a culture to be silent. So one of the things for me personally—even before I became a writer—was to ask, ‘Why aren’t we talking about this?’” Nicole Dennis-Benn talks about the social climate in her home country, Jamaica, and her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun. (Chicago Tribune)


Queer Literature, Modernized Shakespeare, and More
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:34:33 +0000 -

Ta-Nehisi Coates on becoming a public figure; American families in fiction; Amazon’s picks for the best books of the year so far; 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: 

Salon has published fiction writer Justin Torres’s introduction to the new Lambda Literary fellows anthology. “Every queer story is an attempt to define queer life, and at the same time is an expansion of the definition of queer life. To my mind, queer literature is about the respect of difference, not the seductive respectability of sameness.”

Anne Tyler shares how her new novel, Vinegar Girl—a retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew”—was partially motivated by her dislike of Shakespeare and his “terrible plots.” Tyler’s novel is the latest in Hogarth’s series of modern retellings of the Bard’s plays. (Washington Post)

“It makes me sad that people don’t read more black writers. I want the notion of there having to be ‘the voice’ for black folks completely obliterated.” Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks with Bomani Jones at Playboy about becoming a public figure, the process of writing his book Between the World and Me, and the Obama presidency.

Amazon’s editorial staff has released its “Best Books of the Year So Far.” (GalleyCat)

“Some large families are like nations in a long period of civil war… I assume some families are very happy, but all unhappy families (as Tolstoy said) are different and their unhappiness worthy of inspection.” Paul Theroux discusses the large American family and the story he published in the New Yorker this week, “Upside-Down Cake.”

George R. R. Martin talks with Stephen King about evil in fiction and gun control. (Guardian)

“A woman can be in the world on her own and it doesn’t necessarily make her invisible. It just might add a different kind of visibility to her.” Fiction writer Dorthe Nors examines how middle-aged, childless women are perceived, and why she chooses to portray them in her work. (Literary Hub)

Giles Harvey profiles the long career and stylistic impact of Cynthia Ozick, whose book Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays comes out on July 5. (New York Times)

Borges’s Infinite Online Library, Retelling Fairy Tales, and More
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:59:48 +0000 -

Poet Kim Addonizio on her new essay collection; Marvel executive Sana Amanat on diversity and comic books; an interview with Pulitzer Prize­–winner Viet Thanh Nguyen; 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: 

Fiction writer Jonathan Basile shares his motivation behind creating libraryofbabel.info, an online version of Jorge Luis Borges’s “infinite library” described in his 1941 story “The Library of Babel.” (Electric Literature)

Poet Kim Addonizio’s new essay collection, Bukowski in a Sundress, came out yesterday from Penguin. At Interview, Addonizio contemplates topics she writes about in the book, including the culture of writing programs and the personal relationships that inform her life as a writer.

The world of comic book superheroes is slowly becoming more diverse, thanks in part to the work of Sana Amanat, a Pakistani American executive for Marvel Comics. Amanat spearheaded the 2014 launch of the Ms. Marvel series that features Pakistani American and Muslim teen Kamala Khan as its heroine. (Washington Post)

In an interview with Bookforum, fiction writer Helen Oyeyemi talks about her latest short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, as well as why she retells fairy tales in her work. “I’m convinced [fairy tales] are real, that they are talking about our lives as we live them. Not idealized or fantastic. They are talking about truths that we sometimes want to look away from.”

Meanwhile, at the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize–winning fiction writer Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his work and the influences behind his award-winning novel, The Sympathizer.

Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace will be adapted as a six-episode miniseries for Netflix. Canadian writer Sarah Polley will write the adaptation, and Mary Harron will direct. (Vulture)

Are you blasting through your summer reading list? Look ahead to these notable fiction titles coming out this fall, including new novels from Jacqueline Woodson and Zadie Smith. (Publishers Weekly)

If you are having difficulty starting your novel, short story, or memoir, Kelly Cherry’s recent craft essay on openings offers some strategies and inspiration. (Smart Set)

School Named for Poet Maya Angelou, Mysticism Library Goes Digital, and More
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:01:02 +0000 -

Apple begins its e-book refund distribution today; untranslated Spanish novel recommendations; how fiction can expose more than memoir; 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 school in New Jersey opening in September will be named after the late poet Maya Angelou. The Jersey City school board voted to name the school after the poet and memoirist over president Barack Obama and Fletcher Walker, who lobbied for the new building. The school plans to host an annual spoken-word event to honor the poet, who died in 2014. (NJ.com)

“I go for that tension between lushness and compression.” At Divedapper, poet Diane Seuss talks about dismantling beauty ideals in her work, as well as coming of age in the male-centric literary world of the 1960s and 1970s. Seuss’s most recent poetry collection, Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf, 2015), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Today, Apple will begin distributing $400 million in refunds to its e-book customers who were affected in the company’s lengthy price-fixing lawsuit. The refunds cover e-books purchased between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012. (Publishers Weekly)

Dan Brown, the best-selling author of The Da Vinci Code, is donating approximately $340,000 to help digitize works in Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, which collects work on ancient mysticism and alchemy. Brown noted that the library provided him with valuable information on mysticism for his novels. (Electric Literature)

At Litro, professor and writer Marta Pérez-Carbonell introduces the work of contemporary Spanish fiction writers to English-speaking readers with a list of ten untranslated Spanish-language novels.

Acclaimed poet and novelist Margaret Atwood has won PEN’s 2016 Pinter Prize for her work with environmental charities. The annual award is give to a writer from Britain, Ireland, or the Commonwealth who champions free speech. (Flavorwire)

“My first novel, fully imaginary, already feels more revealing, and more personal, than my previous books about my actual life.” Canadian writer Ian Reid discusses how writing fiction can unexpectedly expose more about the writer than memoir can. (Globe and Mail

America Reads Exhibit, Women Crime Novelists, and More
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:20:53 +0000 -

The downsides of a world without Barnes & Noble; how reading saves lives; paintings based on a fictional poet; 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: 

Award-winning fiction writer Rivka Galchen discusses the process of writing her latest book, Little Labors, a lyric essay on identity and motherhood. (Times of Israel)

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress called  “America Reads” celebrates books by U.S. authors that have had a “profound effect on American life.” The sixty-five books in the exhibit were selected from a public survey of approximately 17,200 people, and include Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. 

“The female writers…don’t much believe in heroes, which makes their kind of storytelling perhaps a better fit for these cynical times.” Terrence Rafferty considers today’s women crime fiction writers who excel in a genre once dominated by men. (Atlantic)

In related news, crime novelist Megan Abbott reflects on the influence of young adult thriller writer Lois Duncan, who died on June 15 at age eighty-two. Duncan was the author of more than fifty books, including the popular teen suspense novels I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin. (Guardian)

At the New Republic, Alex Shepard voices concern over the possible closure of Barnes & Noble, arguing that it would be disastrous for publishers, authors, and readers alike. “In a world without Barnes & Noble, risk-averse publishers will double down on celebrity authors and surefire hits. Literary writers without proven sales records will have difficulty getting published, as will young, debut novelists.”

Novelist Ann Hood describes the therapeutic value of reading, and how it helped her cope with the deaths of both her brother and daughter. Norton will publish Hood’s new novel, The Book That Matters Most, in August. (Publishers Weekly)

Today’s as good as ever to celebrate how poetry informs visual art. Brazilian painter Rubens Ghenov’s recent abstract works are inspired by the philosophical texts and verse of late Spanish poet Angelico Morandá. If you haven’t heard of Morandá, you’re not alone—the poet is a fictional invention of Ghenov. (Hyperallergic

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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.