Deborah Copaken Kogan Versus the Establishment, Performance Poet Kate Tempest, 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:

It’s career suicide, colleagues tell me, to speak out against the literary establishment; they'll smear you.” For the Nation, Deborah Copaken Kogan details the obstacles she’s encountered in her storied career as a journalist and author.

Novelist Brad Leithauser considers the life of a memorable phrase. (New Yorker)

Poet Christina Davis explores the significance of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, rather than “wasteland.” (Poetry Foundation)

In response to GQ’s list of books all men should read, Flavorwire rounded up another twenty-one books men should read “by and about women.”

A similar Esquire article appeared in 2011, and in answer, Joyland magazine gathered over two hundred books by female authors all men should read.

Christian Science Monitor features Robert Frost’s ten favorite books.

The Guardian looks at the work of Kate Tempest, who at age twenty-six is the first person under forty to win the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry, and whose “spoken-word performances have the metre and craft of traditional poetry, the kinetic agitation of hip-hop and the intimacy of a whispered heart-to-heart.”