Craig Morgan Teicher on Richard Howard, Commercial Poetry, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Apple sold fifty-one million iPhones and twenty-six million iPads in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The company reported a net quarterly profit of over thirteen billion dollars. (9 to 5 Mac)

Meanwhile, the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off the Shelf podcast includes a discussion of Apple’s new iPad commercial, which features the poetry of Walt Whitman.

Seattle’s city council voted yesterday in support of an initiative to become a City of Literature sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are currently seven cities in the program, including Iowa City and Reykjavik, Iceland. (Shelf Awareness)

If you missed Burns Night on January 25, Sadie Stein shares her thoughts about the annual event. (Paris Review Daily)

UC Davis has partnered with Amazon on a pilot program, creating an online storefront.

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Craig Morgan Teicher writes about the life and work of his mentor, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard.

And on the New Yorker’s Out Loud podcast, art critic Peter Schjeldahl discusses the enigmatic William S. Burroughs.