The DOJ has approved the merger of Random House and Penguin; fourteen poets reveal their favorite love poems for Valentine’s Day; Library Lournal takes the pulse of today’s erotic fiction; and other news.
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Simon & Schuster will release a biography of the late J. D. Salinger this fall; Dale Smith looks at the life and work of Beat poet Diane di Prima; a feature film is in the works of Joan Didion's 1977 novel A Book of Common Prayer; and other news.
Stephen King has released a Kindle Single; Robert Polito has been named the Poetry Foundation’s new president; Jonathan Ames and actor Jason Schwartzman are working on a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's Pictures of Fidelman; and other news.
James Lasdun details how it feels to be stalked by a former MFA student; Ms. magazine lists its favorite books of poetry by women for 2012; David Sedaris explains why he allowed a film adaptation of his essay “C.O.G."; and other news.
Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.
Allan Gurganus writes of first meeting his teacher and friend John Cheever; David Carr profiles millionaire magazine publisher Felix Dennis, who is also a best-selling poet; Boris Kachka visits with author Tom Wolfe to discuss Wolfe's new novel, Back to Blood; and other news.
Publishers will bid on a nonfiction proposal by HBO's Girls creator Lena Dunham this week, with bidding starting at one million dollars; author Misha Angrist catalogs the five stages of grief that follow book publication; Seth Fried offers advice on your upcoming MFA application; and other news.
Having witnessed firsthand the merits of one student’s MFA education, author and creative writing teacher Gregory Spatz considers the well-worn debate on whether creative writing can be taught, and what he himself learned from his mentorship role.
As director of NYU’s creative writing program, Deborah Landau speaks about the university’s new low-residency MFA program in Paris and the storied literary history of the City of Light.
If, as part of your graduate experience, you’re interested in contributing your time or writing to a school-sponsored journal, check out this listing of institutions whose MFA programs produce literary magazines.