Archives for July 2015

Kudos!

RAMSEY FEATURED The Sunday NY Times’ Michael T. Luongo interviewed Calvin Ramsey (inset left), playwright and author,  about his insights and his work:   Green Book projects. NEW HARDBALL BOOK Hard Ball Press recently published the Spanish/English bilingual children’s book, Joelito’s Big Decision/ La gran decisión de Joelito, written by Ann Berlak, illustrated by Daniel Camacho, […]

Getting the Most Out of Our New Website

The new NWU Website has launched! You can use it to: Build your talent profile on our new searchable database Submit news items about your writing—or any relevant event—for publication by tagging your NWU chapter. Apply for a press pass Renew your membership Request contract advice Here’s how: Reset your password: Change it to something […]

NWU, Authors Guild Fight for E-Book Rates

On June 17, the Authors Guild (AG) announced a campaign in a press release titled “The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative: A Preview,” in which it advocated that book authors should receive royalties for e-books at the rate of half of net proceeds. On July 9 it detailed its reasons for doing so in a […]

A PENNY A BOOK?

Imagine our surprise when an NWU member reported that he had received a royalty statement from CreateSpace —Amazon’s self-publishing arm—which indicated that he was being paid a penny per book. A representative sent him a detailed explanation concluding, “Rest assured, you’ve received the royalties correctly and there is no discrepancy. . . I hope this […]

Notes on the Harlem Book Fair

African voices can be muffled by white supremacy and racism, but poets and writers who are invested in self-determination will find a way to get their words out. Panelists who participated in the National Writers Union discussion, “Silencing Black Writers in the USA,” shared these and other perspectives at the Harlem Book Fair in late […]

NWU Member Jo Anne Meekins Represents at the NYC Poetry Festival

National Writers Union (NWU) member Jo Anne Meekins shared her inspirational poem, “There’s Still Healing for the Hurting,” at the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island. In solidarity with several other poets representing the New York Chapter, they gathered and awaited their 12:30 – 1 pm time slot to read from the Chumley stage. Afterwards, […]

Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing (ECL)

What’s happening with “orphan works”? What is “Extended Collective Licensing” (ECL)? Why should NWU members and other writers care? These issues are complicated, but important for working writers. Many NWU members are only beginning to understand what is meant by so-called “orphan works”, and most writers have never heard of “Extended Collective Licensing”. But proposed […]

New York Events: July 25 NYC Poetry Festival; and A Labor Movement Rally

Calling all poets and activists to check out the two Union related events taking place on July 25, 2015 in New York this weekend!  The NYC Poetry Festival and the Verizon Rally are opportunities to express creativity and solidarity with like-minded people and move the organization forward.   ANNUAL NYC POETRY FESTIVAL Date/Time: July 25 […]

The QBR 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award Program Winners

Max Rodriguez, publisher and founder of the Quarterly Black Book Review (QBR) and the Harlem Book Fair, presented a culturally enlightening and creatively inspiring literary event with the 14th Annual Phyllis Wheatley Book Award Program. The evening began with a reception for the author finalists that included an interview by program host Sheila E. Anderson, author of […]

CUNY Seeking to Honor Labor Activist Alums

Each year, the LaGuardia/Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College publishes on behalf of the City University a calendar to a wide distribution. This coming year they want to feature those alumni of CUNY colleges who went on to serve the labor movement as leaders, staff, and activists. “We would like to identify all those leaders, […]