Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:
In Ukraine last weekend, the two-hundredth birthday of poet Taras Shevchenko was celebrated to commemorate the country's independence from Russia. (Public Radio International)
Meanwhile, contemporary Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan was hospitalized after being beaten by pro-Russian forces during a protest in Kharkiv, the country’s largest city. (New Yorker)
Novelist Hari Kunzru takes a look at the role of memory in Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume novel-cum-memoir, My Struggle. The third volume will be published in English in the United States by Archipelago in May. (Guardian)
Siyanda Mohutsiwa asks whether African writing should tend toward fiction, nonfiction, or something in between. (Mail & Guardian)
Oxford University Press takes a look at the letter-writing manuals that informed Jane Austen and writers of the eighteenth century.
Novelist Joanna Trollope discusses personal independence and its role in crafting her latest novel, Balancing Act. (Irish Independent)
Author Brigid Schulte offers advice on fitting more into each day. (NPR)
Flavorwire lists seven companies they’d like to see institute an Amtrak-style residency.