Camille Dungy Named Poetry Editor at Orion, Layoffs Affect Airport Bookstores, and More

by Staff
8.6.20

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.

Camille Dungy has been named the new poetry editor of Orion magazine. Dungy, whose books includes the poetry collection Trophic Cascade and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, succeeds Aimee Nezhukumatathil in the role. (Orion)

More than fifty employees have been laid off from their positions at Nashville International Airport’s Hudson News, part of Hudson’s decision to permanently lay off 40 percent of staff across the country. Airport bookstores continue to struggle in the midst of the pandemic. The iconic independent bookstore Powell’s recently announced the permanent closure of its location at Portland International Airport. (WSMV News4 Nashville; Shelf Awareness)

“Because Morrison can so deeply unsettle us when she writes of love as a destructive force, she can also move us when it can soothe and heal.” Marc Rivers reflects on the richness of Toni Morrison’s depictions of love on the first anniversary of the author’s death. (NPR)

“Pam and I often say that we’re like tiny little robots rattling in human cages, because we’re constantly baffled by how people just know how to be a person.” Before Brandon Taylor and C Pam Zhang’s debut novels were longlisted for the Booker Prize, the two writers were classmates, then close friends. Taylor and Zhang discuss the books they wrote “side by side, shoulder to shoulder.” (The Guardian)

Shirley Ann Grau, the author “whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South,” died on August 3. Grau was celebrated for her novel The Keepers of the House, for which she received a Pulitzer Prize in 1965. (Los Angeles Times)

“So much of how we treat queer people in this world is that ‘you have to intergrate into the rest of the world,’ ‘you have to explain,’ ‘you have to fight for your place.’ And I think the book asks, what does it look like to not need that?” Akwaeke Emezi talks with Jennifer Baker about centering queer characters. (Electric Literature)

Ten additional branches of the Brooklyn Public Library have been scheduled to reopen for grab-and-go service on August 10. The library system, which serves more than 2.6 million patrons across the borough, first reopened some locations on July 13. (Brooklyn Public Library)