Randy Susan Meyers's Homemade MFA, Peek Inside Random House, 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 Morning News collected a large group of writers and intellectuals and asked them their thoughts on the important events of 2012.

The New Yorker's writers offer a few more of their favorite books, including Patricia Lockwood's Balloon Pop Outlaw Black.

In the United Kingdom, the Spectator asked its writers which great books they most hate.

Author Randy Susan Meyers details helpful advice on creating a personalized DIY writing program. (Review Review)

For Disunion, which follows the Civil War in the New York Times, Cynthia Wachtell explains how Herman Melville's edits to a short poem he contributed to the 1864 collection Autograph Leaves of Our Country’s Authors revealed the great writer's evolution of ideas about the war.

Sponsored by Huffington Post, last week Random House opened its doors for a day of planned events designed for the reading public.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released figures detailing reading habits by community. (Book Patrol)

A play by Parvez Ahmed about the life of poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz staged last week in India. Faiz Ahmad Faiz's is most famous for poems he composed while serving a prison sentence that "call to all oppressed humanity to rise unitedly against tyrants." (Hindu)