Adonis on the Poetry of War, George Saunders’s First Novel, 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:

In an interview at the New York Review of Books, Syrian-born poet, translator, editor, and theorist Adonis shares his views on the war in Syria, as well as poetry’s role in addressing and responding to wartime violence.

At Vulture, George Saunders, the author of numerous short story collections, discusses writing his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo

GQ sheds some light on twenty-one underappreciated books championed by twenty-one major contemporary writers. The list features picks from authors including Jonathan Franzen, Junot Díaz, Emma Straub, and Hanya Yanagihara.

Award-winning poet Fanny Howe talks about her upbringing, how her life of writing has been a continuous act of resistance, and the composition of poems in her newest collection, Second Childhood. (Divedapper)

The National Endowment for the Humanities has given $550,000, its largest grant this year, to the Library of America. The funding will help support the World War I and American project, a national traveling exhibition exploring World War I through a series of events that will take place next year. The grant will also fund programs in a hundred twenty libraries across the U.S. beginning in January 2017. (GalleyCat)

Fiction writer Emily St. John Mandel reflects on her experience on tour for her award-winning novel Station Eleven. (Humanities)

Portland, Oregon–based publisher Atelier26 is a small press run by one man, M. Allen Cunningham, out of his spare bedroom. At Propeller, Cunningham writes about his path from writer to publisher, and the rewarding experience of publishing a story collection that received recent national praise.