Reading Room

Here, we will be collecting news stories, essays, and other resources that are relevant to PU’s concerns: writing, publishing, anti-capitalism, and their intersection. While we want to stay focused on current developments, we will also want to include older items that deserve renewed attention. For the sake of ordering all this as the list grows, there are five categories: On Publishing, On the Creative Writing Industry, Retrospectives, Interviews, and Non-Categorized. Under each category heading, the listed items are presented chronologically, and newly added items (regardless of original publication date) will be marked NEW and set off w/black background. (See below for the day the page was most recently updated.)

Unlike our “Introductory Reading List,” which included brief notes on each article, summaries, this page will include no commentary from us to help facilitate quicker and easier sharing. And please note: We are not necessarily endorsing or aligning ourselves with any of the publications or writers we link to below; all of this is provided strictly for informational purposes.

To recommend an item for inclusion here, please email us at poetryworkersunion [at] gmail.com.

Last Updated: June 21, 2022

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ON PUBLISHING

NEW | 6.8.22 | “Fit to Print: The Return of the Artist as Publisher,” by Lucy Ives (at Art In America)

2.9.22 | “Long-standing literary magazines are struggling to stay afloat. Where do they go from here?,” by Leah Asmelash (at CNN)

8.10.21 | “How Former Employees at a Berkeley Bastion for Literary Presses Ignited a Reckoning,” by Holly McDede (at KQED)

5.18.21 | “Here’s a running list of bookstores that have unionized,” by Corrine Segal (at LitHub)

4.21.21 | “Against Conglomeration,” by Dan Sinykin & Edwin Roland (at Post45)

Spring 2021 | “How to Prepare Yourself for the Collapse of the Industrial Publishing System,” by Eric Schierloh (at World Literature Today)

5.5.20 | “Are We Seeing a New Movement to Organize Publishing?,” by Corinne Segal (at LitHub)

4.8.20 | “Bibliologistics: The Nature of Books Now, or A Memorable Fancy,” by Matthew Kirschenbaum (at Post45)

2.10.20 | “Autonomy’s Compromise and the Professionalization of the Small Press,” by Matvei Yankelevich (at Harriet/Poetry Foundation)

1.21.19 | “Comping White,” by Laura B. McGrath (at LARB)

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ON THE CREATIVE WRITING INDUSTRY

6.1.22 | “Letter of Recommendation: Do Away With Letters of Recommendation,” by Erin Somers (at Gawker)

4.15.21 | “Who Gets To Be A Writer?,” by Claire Grossman, Stephanie Young, and Juliana Spahr (at Public Books).

2.25.19 | “The Philosophy of Creative Writing,” by Joseph Darda (at LARB)

1.3.18 | “Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing,” by Rachel Mennies (at The Millions)

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RETROSPECTIVES

NEW | 2017 | “Infrarealism: A Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde, or
The Lost Boys of Guy Debord,”
by Rubén Medina (at Chicago Review)

12.6.16 | “All Printing Is Political: Fredy Perlman and The Detroit Printing Co-Op,” by Andrew Blauvelt (at The Gradient)

NEW | May 2013 | “The Non-Nicaraguan Reader: Poetry Workshops and the Nicaraguan Revolution,” by Sarah Swong (at Yale Review of International Studies)

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INTERVIEWS

2.16.22 | “Interview w/Solmaz Sharif,” by Alina Stefanescu (at BOMB)

9.29.21 | “Jamal Rashad and Richard Hamilton in Conversation” (at Protean)

NEW | 12.11.2019 | “Their Own Pantheon: Sean Bonney Interviewed by Jeffrey Grunthaner” (at BOMB)

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NON-CATEGORIZED

11.29.21 | “The American Prison System’s War on Reading,” by Alex Skopic (at Protean)

10.26.21 | “Build Culture, Build Community, Break Fascism,” by Garret Gutierrez (at Public Books)

3.3.20 | “Land-grab Universities,” by Robert Lee and Tristan Ahtone (at High Country News)

8.21.15 | “Responding to ‘What is Literary Activism?'”, by Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim Kreiner, Joshua Clover, Chris Chen, and Jasper Bernes (at Harriet/Poetry Foundation)

Summer 2010 | “Communist Objects and the Values of Printed Matter,” by Nicholas Thoburn (at Social Text/Academia.edu)

June 2006 | “Free (Market) Verse,” by Steve Evans (at The Baffler)

NEW | Spring 2006 | “Notes toward an Anti-Capitalist Poetics,” by Mark Nowak (at VQR)

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