Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.
A Profile of Charles D'Ambrosio
In the essays in his new collection, Loitering, published this month by Tin House Books, Charles D’Ambrosio places the emphasis on language and sympathy to uncover the story behind the story.
Turning Time Around: A Profile of Donald Hall
Donald Hall may not be producing any more new poems, but the eighty-six-year-old author of more than fifty books is still revising; still polishing his prose, including the pieces in his new book, Essays After Eighty; and still reminiscing about a golden age of American poetry.
Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts
Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.
Let’s Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and Their Publishing Partners
Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.
This Thing I Made: Letterpress Meets High Tech at the IPRC
Writers take bookmaking into their own hands at Portland, Oregon’s Independent Publishing Resource Center.
Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts
Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an en exciting time to be a poet.
The Aha! Moment: McSweeney’s Poetry Series editor Dominic Luxford
McSweeney’s Poetry Series editor Dominic Luxford reveals what made him notice, and then decide to publish, Arif Gamal’s poetry collection, Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode.
News and Trends
Finding Gems in Lost & Found
The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue’s MagNet features the American Reader, the Atlas Review, Apogee, Slice, and Parcel.
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
Q&A: Lisa Lucas Looks to Guernica’s Future
The New York City–based art and politics magazine rings in its second decade with its first paid staff position and the launch of a print anthology.
Small Press Points: Tavern Books
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Portland, Oregon–based Tavern Books, which publishes original, translated, and reprinted poetry, as well as the Honest Pint, a unique take on the literary journal.
An Old Press Renews Its Mission
Recent restructuring at Alice James Books has allowed the forty-year-old press to strengthen its commitment to supporting the work of women poets.
Libraries Navigate Digital Lending
Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.
All About Skin Resists Singular Story
A new anthology of short fiction from the University of Wisconsin Press explores the breadth of stories that women of color have to tell.
The Written Image: Windows on the World
Artist and architect Matteo Pericoli pairs drawings of views from the desks of writers around the world with essays by those writers about where they write, what they see, and how their view informs their work
The Practical Writer
Launching a Best-Seller Without Selling Your Soul: The Rewards of Self-Promotion
Through blogging, social media, newsletters, and book giveaways, a novelist teams up with the founder of WeGrowMedia to market her book—and show how making a personal connection with readers can go a long way towards making a book a best-seller.
The Savvy Self-Publisher: Jeffrey Blount
In the second installment of our new self-publishing column, indie author Jeffrey Blount discusses his book, Hating Heidi Foster, while publicist Anna Sproul-Latimer and bookseller Bradley Graham weigh in on how to grow a self-published book’s audience from family and friends to a wider community of readers.
The Literary Life
Rejection Letters: Keeping the Judgment of Agents and Editors in Perspective
An author extols the importance of keeping rejection in perspective, with a reminder that even classic books first struggled to find a home.
Coming Home to Writing: Exile and Literary Citizenship
Having left her home in Havana as a refugee at the age of three, an author explores the truth of what it means to be a writer in exile.
Where We Write: New York City Via Bavaria, Germany
Learning to inhabit a new country and language helps a German-born writer discover her voice and understand how that voice hinges on the place in which she lives.