Seamus Heaney Dies, Classic Book Covers, Independent vs. Self-Publishing, and More

James F. Thompson

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:

Celebrated Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, passes away in Dublin.  (New York Times)

Flavorwire takes a journey through publishing history with the article, “Completion Is Perfection: 75 Vintage Dust Jackets of Classic Books.”

Writer and co-founder of Second Skin, Nathaniel Kressen, discusses the importance of editing and the difference between self-publishing and independent publishing. (Rumpus)

Anna Szymanski explains why she stopped reading books written by men in this essay from the Huffington Post.

This article in the New Yorker explores how listicles are replacing traditional articles and journalistic pieces in the digital age.

Writer Sarah Gerard assesses the benefits and challenges of writing in a notebook in this essay in the Paris Review.

President Barack Obama writes a letter to the New England Independent Booksellers Association to defend his visit to an Amazon warehouse.