World Poetry Day, Banned Books in Saudi Arabia, and More


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:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) encourages the celebration of World Poetry Day today. (Panorama)

In the meantime, works by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, among others, have been removed by authorities from the Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia. (Times of Israel)

In a continuing trend of bookstores obtaining liquor licenses, Books & Brews opens today in Indianapolis. (Indianapolis Star)

Flavorwire asks whether Denis Johnson is the most influential living writer in the country.

The Guardian takes a look at Vladimir Putin’s portrayal in novels, while examines the history of Russian science fiction.

“Three Erasures” by poet Collier Nogues appear on the online journal At Length, and include the manipulated 1936 text of a radical right-wing organization in Japan.

Zachary Richard has been named Louisiana’s first French-language poet laureate. (Shreveport Times)

Ryan Van Winkle interviews Polish poet Adam Zagajewski about the place in which a perfect poem resides and the concept of success. (Prairie Schooner)

Scottish novelist Lucy Lawrie reflects on how motherhood ended a career in law but started one in writing. (Daily Record)