The Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Fitness With Shakespeare, and More

5.13.10

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:

After the hullabaloo last week about all of the free e-books on Kindle's bestseller list, Amazon has decided to split it into two lists, one for free e-books and the other for titles that are actually sold. (Los Angeles Times)

In the wake of reports earlier this week that Google Editions may launch this summer with four million titles, PCWorld asks: What exactly is Google Editions?  

The New York Times analyzes the experience offered by the various book-reading apps available for e-readers.

Matt Damon stars in a film adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "The Adjustment Bureau" slated to hit theatres on September 17, 2010. (Flavorwire)

Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens are such good friends that they both "coincidentally" wrote about their friendship in recent books. (Wall Street Journal)

The twenty-fourth annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering launches later this month in Medora, North Dakota. "Cowboy poetry came to the Dakotas via the cattle drives of the
1800s, when cowboys used verse and music for entertainment during life on the trail." (Bismarck Tribune

2010 has been a stellar year for poetry published by university presses. (Exchange Online)

The Fiction Writers Review has proposed a short story collection giveaway for the month of May, unofficially known as short story month. The proposal asks bloggers to review short story collections on their sites and give away a copy of the reviewed collection to one lucky person who comments on the post.  

An English professor—and self-confessed "exercise coward"—at Cal State Northridge found the secret to sticking with his exercise routine and susequently lost eighty pounds over two years. The secret? Reciting Shakespeare's sonnets in order to "keep track of [his] repetitions rythmically by linking them to the iambic rhythm of each line." (Los Angeles Times)