David Fenza Out at AWP, Poems Written in Response to Parkland Shooting, 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:

PBS NewsHour looks at a couple of poems written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students before and after the Parkland shooting last month.

Read more about poetry that responds to gun violence in Maya Popa’s piece “Bullets Into Bells.” (Poets & Writers)

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs has parted ways with David Fenza, its long-time executive director, without offering a public explanation. Kevin Larimer investigates for Poets & Writers.

The six finalists have been announced for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, a £30,000 prize given annually for a short story by a writer published in the United Kingdom. The finalists, who are all American, include Curtis Sittenfeld, Allegra Goodman, and Miranda July.

A few days after Donald Trump fired F.B.I. deputy director Andrew G. McCabe, former F.B.I. director James Comey’s forthcoming book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, briefly jumped to the top spot on Amazon’s best-seller list. Flatiron Books will publish the book on April 17. (New York Times)

The book that replaced Comey’s as Amazon’s number-one best-seller on Monday? John Oliver’s spoof of the new children’s picture book by Charlotte and Karen Pence—Mike Pence’s daughter and wife—about the family’s pet bunny, Marlon Bundo. Oliver’s book tells the story of Marlon Bundo falling in love with another male bunny. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, actor Sean Penn will publish his debut novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, in April. The book, an expansion of a 2016 audiobook Penn wrote under the pseudonym Pappy Pariah, features many references to Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement. (Guardian)

The San Francisco Examiner checks in with poet, activist, and educator Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Novelist Alex George will open a bookstore in Columbia, Missouri, in August. (Publishers Weekly)