Franzen Dustup, John Jeremiah Sullivan's Voice, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Alexander Nazaryan details the dustup over a recent Jonathan Franzen essay on Edith Wharton. In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Victoria Patterson writes of Franzen, "He’d taken a literary hero and written about her as if ranking a Maxim photo spread." (New York Daily News)

The Guardian examines how online readers band together to catch plagiarists. Recently, romance "author" Kay Manning at first denied accusations, then after continued scrutiny from readers admitted, "Finally, so there is no misunderstanding. I am a thief, a plagiarist. I am not an author."

Chinese writer Yu Jie—detained and tortured in China because of his friendship with imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo—has made a new home in the United States. (New York Times)

On a new monthly segment on NPR's All Things Considered, a poet is invited to the studio to write the day's news in verse. The latest installment features Craig M. Teicher.

Book Wings, a collaborative performance created by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) and the Moscow Art Theatre will take place on Friday, March 9th, and simulcast online. The two-hour program showcases the work of several poets, including Dora Malech and Terrance Hayes. (Coldfront Magazine)

Maria Bustillos writes of the remarkable and surprising literary career of actress Ally Sheedy. (Awl)

Essayist and Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan is reportedly looking for a new voice. (Maclean's)