Dodge Poetry Festival Launches Tomorrow, the Benefits of Writing by Hand, and More


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 thirteenth Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival kicks off on Thursday for the first time in Newark, New Jersey, with over twenty thousand poetry lovers expected to attend. (New York Times)

Borders' corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is currently up for sale for around eighteen million dollars. (

The current president of Amherst College, Anthony W. Marx, is expected to be announced later today as the next president of the New York Public Library. (New York Times)

According to the Wall Street Journal, writing by hand is more than just an old-fashioned way to communicate. It "can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development" in adults as well as children.

For one hundred thousand dollars you can buy a copy of the world's largest book, a 128-page atlas that is six feet tall, nine feet wide, and requires a person's whole strength to turn a page. (AFP)

The inaugural conference of the John Updike Society was held in the author's hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, last weekend. (Wall Street Journal)

Wired teaches us all how to make an e-book.