Contemporary Poets to Read Now, Eileen Myles Inspires New Feminists, 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:

A profile of poet Eileen Myles at T Magazine considers how the reissue of her 1994 novel, Chelsea Girls, has inspired a new generation of feminists.

Asymptote features an interview with celebrated fiction writer Ha Jin, in which he discusses his influences, the state of censorship in current Chinese culture, writing in a second language, and how fiction preserves and shapes history. “Fiction has to create its own order, which comes from the writer. Any literary narrative is an artistic creation, through which historical experiences can be preserved. That’s how fiction fights historical amnesia.”

The winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced at 3:00 EDT today. This year marks the centennial anniversary of prizes, which celebrate excellence in journalism and the arts. Stay tuned for our announcement of the winners in poetry and fiction over at the Grants & Awards Blog.

The University of Illinois at Champaign has launched its first massive open online course (MOOC) in Modern American poetry. Almost six hundred participants from twenty different countries have enrolled thus far. Twelve presenters from ten institutions across the country—including Stanford University and the University of Southern California—will present during the four-week course, which begins today.

At the Guardian, Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel divulges the details of her daily writing practice. “Fiction makes me the servant of a process that has no clear beginning and end or method of measuring achievement.”

Author of the best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert was recently named a monthly columnist at O Magazine. Her debut column, titled, “The Kind Gesture That Helps Elizabeth Gilbert Find the Light On Her Worst Days,” appears in the current issue.                                                                                   

If you are looking for more poets to read during National Poetry Month, check out poet Adam Fitzgerald’s list at Literary Hub of “30 Contemporary Poets You Should Be Reading.”