November/December 2015

Our Independent Publishing issue highlights the small-press champions of literature in translation, including New Directions, Two Lines Press, Open Letter Books, Europa Editions, and Archipelago Books; a profile of novelist Marilynne Robinson; an installment of Agents & Editors featuring Copper Canyon Press editor in chief Michael Wiegers; Donald Hall on a life in poetry; advice from literary agent Betsy Amster; pro self-publishing tips; new and noteworthy books; and much more.


The Deeper Mind: A Profile of Marilynne Robinson

by Kevin Nance
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Her new book of essays, The Givenness of Things, is further proof that Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Marilynne Robinson is writing with an entirely different level of intellectual and creative rigor.

Agents & Editors: Michael Wiegers

by Michael Szczerban

Michael Wiegers, the editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, talks about how he decides which books to publish (from the two thousand manuscripts the press receives each year) and what it’s like to edit the likes of Pablo Neruda, W. S. Merwin, and C. D. Wright.

Special Section

The Aha! Moment: Poet and Translator Anthony Seidman

by Michael Bourne
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Poet and translator Anthony Seidman discusses his translation of Mexican poet Salvador Novo’s 1931 poem “La escuela” for an upcoming English-language collection of the poet’s work.

News and Trends

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including John Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries and a translation of Liu Xia’s Empty Chairs, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

Scouting Out New Books of Poetry

by Amanda Calderon

Frustrated by a reviewing culture that they found to be increasingly insular—and as such, less honest—two poets decided to create a safe new space for reviewers to write candidly—and anonymously—about new collections of poetry.

Literary MagNet

by Travis Kurowski

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 Black Warrior Review, Granta, the Asia Literary Review, the Burnside Review, and the Dark Horse.

The Practical Writer

The Savvy Self-Publisher: William Hertling

by Debra W. Englander

A successful self-published novelist talks about how he used his background in programing and knowledge of artificial intelligence to write and market his best-selling techno thriller series. Editor Jessica Page Morrell and publicist Jessica Glenn weigh in and give advice to burgeoning self-publishers.

The Literary Life

Selected Poems: Looking Back on a Lifetime of Writing

by Donald Hall
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A former United States poet laureate reflects on his career, and how his experiences of love, partnership, and aging helped shape the curatorial process for his newest collection.

Mermaids and Matryoshkas: The Secret Life of a Poetic Sequence

by Sandra Beasley
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A poet and author talks with five published and noteworthy poets about craft and creative process, and what they do when the going gets tough.

The Time Is Now

by Staff
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Invent new words, change your perceptions, or get mistaken for strangers--three exercises to flex your creative muscles.