Asian American Writing Today, Updates From BookExpo, and More

by Staff

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.

Brandon Yu reflects on the burgeoning popularity of Asian American writers within the literary mainstream. He checks in with new and established writers, and all those in between, about their experience and relationship to the term “Asian American.” (Gen)

BookExpo has announced the lineup for the Adult Book & Author Breakfast on Saturday May 27, the second day of the annual book trade fair hosted in New York City. Joy Harjo, Carmen Maria Machado, Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse will be in conversation, with Zerlina Maxwell as moderator. (Publishers Weekly

“Hanif Abdurraqib is both a poet and a critic, and masterfully so.” Jay Deshpande traces Abdurraqib’s creative career to date, and analyzes how his books address love, grief, and self-expression. (Guernica)

“Claims to complete independence from the academy, the state, or the marketplace, are, for good reason, suspect.” Matvei Yankelevich examines the political forces that have led to the professionalization of the small press world. (Harriet)

Leigh Buchanan visits the Bookery, an independent bookstore in Manchester, New Hampshire, which has become a popular stop and meeting place for various presidential campaigns. (Inc.)

“I’m always trying to figure out when you can puncture some of the self-righteousness.” Jenny Offill reflects on the challenges of conveying the seriousness of the climate crisis in writing. (Guardian

Poet Rae Armantrout revisits a Western from her childhood: Zane Grey’s novel Riders of the Purple Sage. (Paris Review Daily)

Five authors—Christopher Bollen, Amy Bonnaffons, Emily Nemens, Charles Yu, and Michael Zapata—fill out the Lit Hub Author Questionnaire.