Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grants, Anticipating Challenges for a Trump Memoir, and More

by Staff
11.18.20

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 Andy Warhol Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s Arts Writers Grants, which support projects “addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.” Twenty-two writers working on either a book, article, or short-form writing project will each receive between $15,000 to $50,000. 

New York Times reporters Elizabeth A. Harris and Alexandra Alter investigate how publishers might respond if Donald Trump attempts to write and sell a book after he leaves office. While presidential memoirs can be lucrative for book publishers, a Trump book might present unique challenges and provoke dissent from staff and writers. Many writers and professionals in the publishing industry believe it would be very difficult to ensure the accuracy of a Trump book.

Korea University Museum in Seoul has launched a new exhibition commemorating the centennial of poet Cho Ji-hoon’s birth. (Korea Times)

“It’s really important to write and share difficult work when you’re ready, but even when you’re ready, it’s a difficult process.” Destiny O. Birdsong discusses engaging with personal trauma in her debut poetry collection, Negotiations. (Rumpus)

“As far back in human history as you can go, there’s some practice of offering hospitality to strangers.” John Washington talks about documenting one man’s quest for asylum in his new nonfiction book, The Dispossessed. (Believer)

“I’m interested in the kind of love in which you do lie to one another, you do keep secrets, you try to protect yourself from being hurt.” Simon Han on exploring the complexity of family bonds in his debut novel, Nights When Nothing Happened

Han features in this week’s installment of Ten Questions from Poets & Writers Magazine

“I think of a novelist as a magpie rather than a scholar. Anything bright that catches your eye can be brought into the work.” William Boyd talks research strategies and bringing a 1960s film set to life in his new novel, Trio. (Millions)

Jamia Wilson, the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press, recommends seven books forthcoming from the press next year. (Electric Literature)