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:
Forbes considers how the burgeoning self-publishing industry will alter the role of literary agents .
“I hate Facebook. I hate Twitter. I spend a lot of time on both.” Author Sean Beaudoin discusses the vagaries of self-promotion . (Salon)
Meanwhile, on her blog, novelist and editor Roxane Gay relates the significance of an online presence , and lists some examples of well-made author websites.
The New York Times reports how replacing Charles Darwin with Jane Austen on British currency has resulted in threats of rape and murder .
Following poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s appearance on the Colbert Report, and subsequent criticism by fellow poets, Robert Archambeau examines the state of conceptual writing . (Poetry)
NPR remembers poet Robert Hayden —born one hundred years ago this past Sunday.
Alexandra Socarides explores the origins of Langston Hughes’s famous poem , “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
Jason Diamond lists ten must-reads for August , including Nelly Reifler’s Elect H. Mouse State Judge. (Flavorwire)