Taylor Mali Plagiarized in Country Song, the Dodge Poetry Festival Line-up, and More

by Staff

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 National Endowment for the Arts will host the Poetry & Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 25. Ten authors will read and discuss their work, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, Elizabeth Alexander, Rae Armantrout, Jonathan Franzen, and Natasha Trethewey.

Despite rains and wind, the Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City brought a crowd. (NY1)

A "long-lost" poem by Sir Walter Scott has been discovered in England and will be read at a public event next week for the first time in a few hundred years. (Guardian)

A "long-lost" graphic novel by William S. Burroughs and Malcolm McNeil will be published in 2011 by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books. (Jacket Copy)

The full schedule for New Jersey's Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, which takes place October 7–10, is now online.

A country song called "I Make a Difference" is only the latest work to plagiarize performance poet Taylor Mali's well-known but often unattributed poem "What Teachers Make," passages of which are "lifted almost verbatim" for the chorus and second verse of the tune. (American Twang)

Slate reports on the emerging data and controversy regarding the "unbalanced reality of our literary culture," in which male writers are reviewed by major publications at a far greater proportion than are women writers.

Target stores may soon be selling the iPad. (Engadget)