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Difficult realities of the book world


An article in Publishers Weekly (October 23, 2017) highlights with specific, though anonymous, examples of sexual harassment in the publishing industry. Another difficult reality of the book world is that, arguably more so than other industries, success really is tied to who you know. Those looking to get ahead need to make connections outside of their nine-to-five jobs; many women said they realize now how the social aspect of publishing put them in particularly vulnerable […]

UK poets – midcentury and later

Little Magazines / Midcentury

Authors selected mostly from the following sources: Gingerich, Martin E. Contemporary Poetry in America and England, 1950-1975: A Guide to Information Sources. vol. 41., Gale Research Co, Detroit, Mich, 1983. Sherry, Vincent B. Poets of Great Britain and Ireland since 1960. vol. 40., Gale Research, Detroit, Mich, 1985. Sherry, Vincent B. Poets of Great Britain and Ireland, 1945-1960. vol. 27., Gale Research Co, Detroit, Mich, 1984. Simic, Charles, 1938-, and Don Paterson. New British Poetry. Saint Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, 2004. […]

Robert Creeley on Artists & Poets, 1950-1965


“Coming of age in the forties, in the chaos of the Second World War, one felt the kinds of coherence that might have been fact of other time and place were no longer possible. There seemed no logic, so to speak, that could bring together all the violent disparities of that experience. The arts especially were shaken and the picture of the world that might previously have served them had to be reformed…. “…As a […]

Situating the midcentury editor


Imagine yourself living in the 1950s, living in the decade after a war in which millions had died. You may have even fought in battle. You likely knew someone or many who died in the war. You certainly experienced rationing of food, gasoline, and other items. The 1950s started out with an intensive military conflict on the Korean peninsula that never really finished. Tensions with what was then the Soviet Union hung the dark cloud […]

What about booksellers, libraries, publishers & readers?


The tagline for this site on literary networks is authors, editors and translators. Of course, there are other roles in literary networks, namely those of publishers, booksellers, and even libraries and readers. However, I’ve chosen to focus at this stage specifically on authors and editors. In cases of literature in non-English, the importance of translators is essential. And translators are also authors in the role of authoring the translation. And, often, translators are authors of […]