A Call for Poetic Tributes to Spokane, Philadelphia Reads Jericho Brown, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

Spokane poet laureate Chris Cook is at work on a new collaborative poetry project titled In the Neighborhood, through which he has invited fellow Spokane residents to submit poems inspired by their various localities. Submissions will be published online by Spokane Arts, and some poems will also be selected for a print collection. (Inlander)    

The Free Library of Philadelphia has selected The Tradition by Jericho Brown for its annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading initiative. (WHYY)

Artist Johnna Bush has completed a mural in downtown Monroeville, Alabama, which pays tribute to ten Alabama writers, including Truman Capote and Harper Lee. (Alabama NewsCenter)

“The day after I learned of his death, I listened to Doom on a loop and circled my neighborhood.” Niela Orr writes on the artistry of rapper MF Doom, who died at age forty-nine last year. (London Review of Books)

Literary Hub previews literary films and TV programs forthcoming in 2021, including adaptations of Passing by Nella Larsen and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

New editions, adaptations, and reinventions of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald are flooding the market, as the classic novel has now entered the public domain. (New York Times)

Entertainment Weekly reveals the cover of Maggie Nelson’s next book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, forthcoming in September from Graywolf Press.

Poets Craig Morgan Teicher, Phillip B. Williams, Ana Božičević, Ken Chen, and Evie Shockley recommend new poetry collections forthcoming this year. (NPR)