Wanda Coleman Tribute, Kay Ryan Injured, 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:

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has added poet Billy Collins’s archive to its extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts, which includes the papers of Anne Sexton and Dylan Thomas. (Austin Chronicle)

A public memorial to poet Wanda Coleman took place this past weekend in Los Angeles. Terrance Hayes and Laurel Ann Bogen, among many others, read favorite Coleman poems over the span of four hours. Coleman’s husband, Austin Straus, called the event “the world’s first improvisational memorial.” (Los Angeles Times)

A new survey indicates authors are not generally satisfied with self-publishing or traditional publishing. (Digital Book World)

Former U. S. poet laureate Kay Ryan is recovering from injuries sustained during a bicycling accident. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Amazon has filed a patent application for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” meaning it will ship a package in advance of a customer order. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, North Carolina will collect sales tax on Amazon orders beginning next month. (Shelf Awareness)

Publishers Weekly rounds up ten great contemporary war novels, including Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.