Alberto Rios Named Arizona’s First Poet Laureate, Literary Tennis, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Amazon has launched its Kindle Store in Mexico. (GalleyCat)

The United States Open Tennis Championships is ongoing, and Jason Diamond considers David Foster Wallace’s contributions to tennis literature. (Flavorwire)

With the Nuyorican Poets Cafe celebrating its fortieth anniversary, the Wall Street Journal looks at New York City’s vibrant poetry community.

Liberty Hardy found Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking in the middle of a road, and ponders how it arrived there: “This copy belonged to a mermaid, who was kidnapped from the Piscataqua River, and thrown in a tank in the back of a truck. She threw it out in the hopes that someone would find it and follow the trail to where she was being kept.” (Book Riot)

Carolyn Kellogg showcases a creative idea Sarabande Books employed to market a new title—to promote Kyle Minor’s forthcoming book Praying Drunk the publisher created shot glasses. (Los Angeles Times)

Adam Gopnik makes a case for humanities in the college classroom, and the importance of the English major. (New Yorker)

Alberto Rios has been named Arizona’s first poet laureate. (NBC Latino)