Chia-Chia Lin Wins Clark Fiction Prize, the Strength of Sonia Sanchez, and More

by Staff
3.5.21

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.

Chia-Chia Lin has won the 2020 L. D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize for her debut novel, The Unpassing. Established by Texas State University in 2016, the annual $25,000 prize honors “an exceptional recently published book-length work of fiction.” (Publishers Weekly)

“I want my students to know that the function of your art is not necessarily to save people from horrors, but to give us all the strength to face them down.” Sonia Sanchez reflects on her literary education and the lessons she tries to pass down to her students. (Boston Review)

A new platform called Ahab, developed by Penguin Random House Audio, seeks to facilitate the casting process for voiceover projects. While first conceived to help the company cast actors for audiobooks, Ahab can be used by anyone in the voiceover industry seeking to discover talent for, or be cast in, animated projects, video games, and more. (Publishers Weekly)

“All of their experiences are so completely different because of the different places that they occupy on this spectrum of migratory status; what it means to be born in one place and living in another. It’s really an exploration of the interior world of immigration.” Patricia Engel talks to Esquire about the inner lives of the characters in her fourth novel, Infinite Country.

“I first conceived it as a short story. The original conceit was to do little fragments during a twenty-four-hour day.” Jakob Guanzon discusses the formal constraints that guided his debut novel, Abundance. (BOMB)

“I want a vaccine, but what I want even more are magic beans I can plant in my arm that will grow into a beanstalk my sons can climb if they ever run out of hope.” Weathering the pandemic and other losses, Sabrina Orah Mark writes about maintaining a sense of hope. (Paris Review Daily)

“I’m not always sure what happens in the poem, as I’m never sure what happens in life.” Alice Notley on embracing the “zaniness” of her new long narrative poem, For the Ride. (Harriet)

The New York Times recommends ten new books, including The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin and Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll.