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 United States Department of Justice has approved the merger of Random House and Penguin . (New York Times)
Emily Temple asked fourteen poets about their favorite love poems for Valentine’s Day . (Flavorwire)
And GalleyCat rounded up ten free Valentine’s Day e-books .
After reviewing MFA program applications, Brown University’s Brian Evenson posted needed advice for future applicants, including, “Don’t try to pretend you’re something you’re not. ” (Los Angeles Times)
Library Lournal takes the pulse of today’s erotic fiction .
For Valentine’s Day, poet and editor Matthew Zapruder considers Frank O'Hara’s poem , “Having a Coke With You.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
The New York Times profiles the social media website for book lovers , Goodreads, which now has fifteen million members.
The British Library intends to make available digital versions of twenty-five thousand rare medieval manuscripts , including Petit Livre d’Amour , a collection of love poems copied in 1500, which is online now. (Financial Times)