Remembering Carlos Fuentes, Charles Simic on Writing Poetry, 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:

"I deeply lament the death of our beloved and admired Carlos Fuentes, a universal Mexican writer," wrote President Felipe Calderon via Twitter. The famed novelist, who built the foundation for a resurgence of Spanish literature in the 1960s, died Tuesday in Mexico City. He was eighty-three. (New York Times)

In remembrance of Mr. Fuentes, the Los Angeles interview forum Zocalo Public Square has republished a 2007 interview.

It's been three years since the passing of John Updike, and the Guardian looks at the legacy of the great writer. Sarah Crown writes, "This is hopelessly subjective, of course, but for me, Updike is THE American novelist of the late 20th century, picking up where Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck left off."

LA Times Magazine is shuttering. (FishbowlLA)

Charles Simic explains why he still writes poetry. (New York Review of Books)

A former pharmaceutical executive, Andrew G. Bodnar, convicted of a white-collar crime, instead of jail time, was sentenced to write a book. "This hell is so particular, that no judge's order could ever generalize it," writes Dr. Bodnar. (Wall Street Journal)

Author Daniel Smith wrestles with anxiety. Guernica examines anxiety's power of influence in light of the experiences Smith reveals in his new book, Monkey Mind.

Pairing writers with photographers for a series called Hot Authors, Canteen magazine's mission is to restore authors to their rightful positions as glamorous figures. (San Francisco Chronicle)