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 New York Times discusses the current state of fiction reviews and why novelists fear writing negative reviews  will adversely impact their careers.
Beth Kephart examines outward-reaching narratives  in select memoirs while addressing the universal power of shared experiences. (Millions)
Maya Angelou to receive the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation , which honors the author and poet for her contributions to the literary community. (Huffington Post)
Author Nina Schuyler discusses her novel , The Translator, and the complexities of emotional renewal, strong female protagonists, and becoming attached to one's characters. (Rumpus)
The New Yorker recommends a list of notable books  to look out for this September.
Ploughshares offers a writing lesson on why the idea of a perfect first draft is a literary delusion .
Two Harvard seniors delve into the disappearing world of zines  and discover what self-publishing meant before the digital age. (Harvard Gazette)