Donald Hall Has Died, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Stripped From Award, 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 storie​​​​​​s:

Former United States poet laureate Donald Hall has died at age eighty-nine. In his sixty-year career, Hall published more than fifty books of poetry, drama, children’s literature, and creative nonfiction. (New York Times)

Read John Freeman’s profile of Donald Hall, “Turning Time Around,” which first appeared in the November/December 2014 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

From titles by Meg Wolitzer to Zadie Smith, Book Marks presents the best-reviewed books of the year so far.

The Association for Library Service to Children has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from the children’s literature award named in her honor. The decision comes after years of complaints of racist sentiments in Wilder’s work. The prize will now be called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. (Washington Post)

Libraries in Warwickshire, England, are having fun with their book-return scanning machines, which produce found poetry from lists of returned titles. (Electric Literature)

“The more macro message of the book is just that we have to look at [violence and rape culture] whether it’s our job or not, whether we’re reporters, whether we work at universities where sexual assault happens, whether we are, ourselves, survivors.” Poet and actor Amber Tamblyn discusses her debut novel, Any Man. (Rumpus)

In celebration of Pride Month, poet Christopher Soto asks ten queer poets of color to share what Pride means to them. (Poetry Foundation)

“The black Gothic revival dramatizes how black artists...must negotiate their celebrity while also remaining cognizant of the ways their race binds them to the vulnerabilities of a racialized second-class of citizenship.” Sheri-Marie Harrison considers Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, Childish Gambino’s music video for “This Is America,” and Jordan Peele’s film Get Out. (Los Angeles Review of Books)