Execution of Poet Hashem Shaabani, Self-Publishing Degree, 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:

The United Kingdom’s University of Central Lancashire has created an MA program designed to teach students self-publishing. (GalleyCat)

The Seattle Times investigates Amazon’s long-term strategy, stating the online giant’s “real business is trying to change the business of book publishing.”

Salman Rushdie, along with two hundred others, signed an open letter denouncing Russian laws that prohibit freedom of expression. (Guardian)

The New York Times visits the Virginia home of the late Annie Bethel Spencer, a poet active in the Harlem Renaissance.

Novelist Roxana Robinson shares her thoughts on the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. (2paragraphs)

Democracy advocate Freedom House publicly condemns the Iranian regime’s execution of activist poet Hashem Shaabani. (Radio Free Europe)

If you missed William S. Burroughs’ centennial birthday yesterday, Flavorwire lists the many cultural icons Burroughs influenced.