The Beauty of Self-Publishing, Poet Gregory Orr Evolves, National Book Awards’ ‘5 Under 35,’ 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:

Bestselling author Hugh Howey makes an argument in the Huffington Post for why writers should self-publish.

The Paris Review interviews poet Gregory Orr on what it means to be a lyric poet and the influences behind the evolution of his poetry which no longer evokes the “burden of anguish.”

The National Book Awards’ annual ‘5 Under 35’ list is comprised entirely of women. (NPR)

Brian Spears offers a poignant explanation for why he chose “Bangalore,” by James Kerry Evan, as this month’s selection for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. (Rumpus)

Henriette Lazaridis Power explores the meaning of self-awareness, language, and geographic roots in “The Homeland of Stories: On Lingual and Cultural Identity.” (Millions)

Author Jon Krakhauer reveals in the New Yorker exactly what killed Chris McCandless, the subject of his book Into the Wild.

Jason Diamond provides fans of punk rock a definitive reading list. (Flavorwire)