A New Era at the Yale Review, Writers Celebrate the ACLU, and More

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Staff
1.21.20

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.

The Yale Review announced the publication of its latest issue—Volume 107, No. 4—and the first printed under editor Meghan O’Rourke. The journal recently celebrated its bicentennial, and is marking the transition into a new era with a complete redesign for both the print publication and the website, among other projects.   

Publishers Weekly talks to Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman about their collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to publish Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. Chabon, Waldman, and all of the anthology’s contributors donated their advances to the organization. 

Fight of the Century appeared in the latest installment of The Anthologist in Poets & Writers Magazine

In more anthology news, Jonathan Creasy discusses editing a new book on the Black Mountain Poets, and celebrating and reflecting the generative relationships within Black Mountain College through the book’s structure. “A large part of the editing process was reading aloud, over and over, in various orders, to determine the right pace, rhythm, and musicality for the anthology.” (BOMB)

Emily Cooke reflects on her experience attending Lit Camp—a writers conference held at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur—and embracing the “copacetic” energies of the retreat. (Literary Hub)

“I started writing this book before I knew how to write at all, before I had a clear sense of who I even wanted to be as a writer.” Meng Jin describes the origins of her debut novel, Little Gods, and how the story evolved over time. (Margins)

“I wanted to write for an audience that wasn’t just an academic audience, I wanted to write about ordinary people, and I wanted ordinary people to read the book.” In conversation with Saidiya Hartman, Hazel Carby discusses her latest book, Imperial Intimacies, and bringing her academic training and knowledge to a memoir project. (Paris Review Daily)

Jordana Horn recommends three Israeli novels that each engage with the trauma of the Holocaust from a different vantage point. (New York Times)

Steven Watson recommends ten print literary magazines. (Electric Literature)