The Poetry of Revolt, Eminem as Robert Browning, E-Book Best-Seller Lists, and More


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:

In a report for Jadaliyya, Elliott Colla outlines the visceral role of poetry in the revolution taking place right now in Egypt: Protestors are chanting in rhyming couplets of witty verse. (via Waging Nonviolence)

HB Fenn, Canada's largest homegrown book distributor, initiated bankruptcy proceedings yesterday. (Star)

According to USA Today, Eminem is becoming a force in the literary world drawing praise from Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and comparisons to the British novelist Robert Browning.

An Oxford University researcher has discovered the possible cause for the enduring popularity of a "serious" volume of poems that ran to more than twenty editions and was reprinted throughout the eighteenth century: the three racy poems about dildos tucked into the back of the book. (Guardian)

The New York Times unveiled its new e-book best-seller list yesterday as well as combined print and e-book best-seller lists that will appear in print for the first time on February 13. (Publishers Weekly)

From the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference: Bookmobile's Ampersand app may unlock the ability to preserve poetry's formatting in e-books, which has heretofore been a major issue for indie presses and small literary magazines. (Publishers Weekly)

Applications are now available for the Lamda Literary Foundation's 2011 Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, which will take place at UCLA in August.

According to the Wall Street Journal, more medical schools are requiring potential doctors to take courses in poetry and reflective writing.