Androids Write of Electric Sheep, Janet Mock Owns Her Story, 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.

“When a human writer commits plagiarism, that is a serious matter. But when humans get together and write a computer program that commits plagiarism, that is progress.” On the rise of robot authors. (Guardian)

In an interview with Hilton Als, Janet Mock describes how writing her memoir helped her to own her early life. “Seeing that black trans girl on the streets of Honolulu, trying to make a way out of no way, I had to treat her—myself—as the heroine of the story.” (New Yorker)  

Melville House has joined the race to acquire and release the Mueller Report, announcing plans to publish the document as its first-ever mass market paperback. (Publishers Weekly)

The Academy of American Poets has named Leah Naomi Green winner of the 2019 Walt Whitman Award for her debut poetry collection, The More Extravagant Feast. Green will receive $5,000, a six-week residency in Italy, and publication of her manuscript by Graywolf Press. (Poets & Writers)

“Poets are against presidents. You have to be, you have to be against world powers.” An interview with Patricia Lockwood, and a tortoise stakeout. (Paris Review)

At Literary Hub, Timothy Liu remembers the lessons of poet and teacher Linda Gregg. “When once asked to write a letter of recommendation, Linda responded, ‘When do you need that by, summer? Who knows where I’ll be by then, perhaps floating down the Nile.’”

From pushing political pieces for the “women’s pages” in her twenties to advising the Time’s Up movement at eighty-three, here’s what Gloria Steinem, who turned eighty-five yesterday, was doing when she was your age. (Refinery29)

And the Los Angeles Times recommends seven debut novels to read this spring, including Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick and In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow.