Women Afghan Poets Risking All, Marjorie Perloff on the State of Poetry, 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:

Appearing in the New York Times magazine this past weekend, author Eliza Griswold investigates why women in Afghanistan risk their lives in pursuit of poetry. (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

The civil lawsuit against Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson that alleged he fabricated portions of his bestselling book has been dismissed. (StarTribune)

With May Day Occupy Wall Street protests active across New York City and elsewhere, the Atlantic looks at what Herman Melville's famous story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street," can teach us.

And when Martians landed in Margaret Atwood's yard, she enlisted the help of another work by Melville to explain the concept of America. (New York Times)

The Anderson family, which owns a majority stake in publicly-held Books-A-Million, has made a move to take the company private by offering to purchase all outstanding shares. (Publishers Weekly)

With the popularity of e-books rising, the Millions examine the environmental cost.

The Guardian has spotted the trend of self-published authors gathering to form collectives under a single banner.

In case you missed Pulitzer-prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith this past weekend, she spoke with Studio 360.

Meanwhile, on the most recent episode of the Business, Kim Masters spoke with producer Eli Roth and Hemlock Grove author Brian McGreevy about adapting McGreevy's novel into an original series for Netflix.

Critic Marjorie Perloff looks at the state of contemporary poetry, and asks, "What happens to poetry when everybody is a poet?" (Boston Review)

Novelist Thomas Beller was locked out of his Facebook account (if, in fact, Mr. Beller is who he says he is). (New Yorker)