New App Takes Users on a Dylan Thomas Walking Tour, Ted Hughes Estate Clashes With Biographer, 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:

Welsh writer Melisa Annis tests out a new app that guides users on a walking tour of ten places in Greenwich Village that poet Dylan Thomas visited in the early 1950s. (Western Mail)

The estate of British poet Ted Hughes has withdrawn support of scholar Jonathan Bate, who began work on a Hughes biography in 2010. While reasons for the withdrawal are unclear, Bate has been restricted from private archives and has been asked to return photocopied documents collected for research purposes; the biographer’s contract with Faber and Faber has been canceled. (Guardian)

Verso Books will begin selling e-books directly to consumers from its website beginning this month and expects to earn over three hundred thousand dollars in the coming year through the venture. (GalleyCat)

In celebration of National Poetry Month this April, the New York Times is sponsoring a haiku-writing competition. Submissions to the contest must be about New York City and must fall into one of six categories, including island, strangers, solitude, commute, 6AM, or kindness.

As poet Gabriel Rosenstock releases a new collection of work written both in English and Irish, the Irish Times asks whether poetry in Irish still has a readership within the country.

A survey by a British marketing research agency finds that sixty-two percent of people between ages sixteen and twenty-four prefer print books to e-books. (Los Angeles Times)

Editor Barry Harbaugh takes issue with the current idea that sees book editors as cogs in the business machine who do little actual editing. (New Yorker)

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, has written a new book that examines whether or not high-speed electronic trading firms are taking advantage of the U.S. stock market to make billions from investors. (Reuters)