Mix Tape: Judge a Book

Maggie Smith
June 14, 2012
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What are the top ten poetry presses based on their book covers? These small presses are big on design.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Turbin’s paperback cover design for John Green’s 2006 Printz Honor title, An Abundance of Katherines, was just nerdy enough to win.

Over at the Hayden’s Ferry Review, David Hernandez blogs about The Best Literary Journal Covers of the Past Few Years.

Where do things stand for writers of color? According to Roxane Gay, “The numbers are grim. Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by The New York Times are written by white writers.”

Listen as Natasha Tretheway talks to NPR’s Weekend Edition about her new role as Poet Laureate and reads two of her poems.

Charles Simic on poetry and utopia. “If poetry is not the most utopian project ever devised by human beings, I don’t know what is.”

Jennifer Benka is named Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.

Write or Die: a computer program “that will harass you whenever you are distracted from your craft–with noises, pop-ups, and self-destructing text.”

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