The Use and Uselessness of Poetry, Walt Whitman’s Submission Letter, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Noah Berlatsky argues the use and uselessness of poetry. (Atlantic)

The University of North Carolina Press received a $250,000 grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to “address challenges brought about by the digital transformation in publishing.” (Publishers Weekly)

The original manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise has been made publicly available online by the Princeton University Library. (Daily Princetonian)

PBS’s Mediashift speaks with novelists Craig Lancaster and David Abrams about their relationship with social media.

On its Tumblr, Harvard’s Houghton Library showcases a submission letter from Walt Whitman to the editor of the Atlantic, James Russell Lowell.

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed imagines a world in which famous authors have Instagram accounts. (Tolstoy snapped a photo of a delicious bowl of borscht.)

Diane Mehta considers the work of French avant-garde poet Pierre Reverdy (and Contra dancing). The New York Review of Books will publish a new Reverdy collection with translations by Rosanna Warren, John Ashbery, Richard Howard, and others, on October 1. (Paris Review Daily)

Poets Farrah Field and Jared White have opened Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Book Shop—the store features small press poetry books. (Publishers Weekly)