Worst Week to Pitch an Agent or Editor, Texting 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:

Literary agent Jason Allen Ashlock makes the argument that those in his profession should not also act as publishers, calling the trend a "crisis of professional ethics." (Publishing Perspectives)

Part of a government-encouraged effort to achieve privately-funded space flight—which includes companies such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX—an unmanned spaceship built by Blue Origin, which is funded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, lost control and was destroyed during a recent test flight. (Wall Street Journal)

In other Amazon news, TechCrunch reports the rumors of a soon-to-be-released Kindle Tablet "are very real."

Frank Shay’s bookstore, a shop in New York City's Greenwich Village, existed for a mere five years during the first half of the 1920s, when the Village was a literary hothouse. A popular hangout for luminaries and scenesters alike, many of the denizens of Shay's signed a door inside the establishment, and in 1960, the salvaged door was purchased by the Ransom Center at the University of Texas. A new exhibition, The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925, identifies almost two hundred signatures, including those of Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, and Sherwood Anderson. (New York Times)

England's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, claims the art of texting is good practice for the writing of poetry, and the twitterverse has responded with writers posting poems with the #tweetpoem hashtag. (Guardian)

If you're curious if this week—with everyone returning from vacation—is a great time to pitch or query an agent or editor, GalleyCat says, no, this week is the absolute worst.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn offers a few thoughts on Ernest Hemingway's beautiful descendants.

The Christian Science Monitor lists twenty upcoming nonfiction titles they are most excited about, with new books by Susan Orlean, Margaret Atwood, and Joan Didion.

Poets, in stamp form! (Harriet)