Baileys Women’s Prize Longlist, Women’s Strike Reading, 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:

Literary Hub rounds up ten books to read today for those participating in the Women’s Strike, an international strike the organizers hope will mobilize a “grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism—a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.”

Speaking of the Women’s Strike, Jia Tolentino considers the ambivalence of many liberal-leaning women writers and their “defeatist assumption that a strike can only perpetuate the conditions that it explicitly seeks to draw attention to and combat.” (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. The finalists include Margaret Atwood, Mary Gaitskill, and Madeleine Thien; the winner of the  £30,000 prize will be announced in June. (Guardian)

Elizabeth Flock revisits the vision and legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks—whose centennial is being celebrated this year—and the recent publication of The Golden Shovel, an anthology that honors Brooks and was edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith. (PBS NewsHour)

Alexandra Alter profiles Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid and his new novel, Exit West, which was published this week by Riverhead Books and “fuses magical realism with a harrowingly vivid story of global migration and displacement.” (New York Times)

“One of the forces behind the poems in the first section was a desire to reclaim the pleasure of the poem, the hedonistic experience of sound and light and movement as they rush through language, in that sensorial buoyancy that, for me, is singular to poetry.” Eleni Sikelianos talks with fellow poet Srikanth Reddy about her latest collection, Make Yourself Happy. (BOMB)

The Vermont College of Fine Arts has named writer Julianna Baggott as the next faculty director for the MFA in Writing & Publishing program.

Harlequin will launch a new imprint, Hanover Square Press, in January 2018 that will publish general fiction, narrative history, journalism, and memoir. (Publishers Weekly)