Great American Read’s Top Ten Books, the American Poetry Museum, 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:

As part of its television series The Great American Read, PBS has released the list of ten novels that are currently leading the public vote for America’s favorite novel. Voting is open until October 18; the winner will be revealed on October 23.

Val McDermid describes reading 171 books as part of the judging process for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, which will be announced tomorrow. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, the six writers shortlisted for the Booker Prize share their inspirations, from a Jorge Luis Borges’s story to the Santa Cruz mountains. (Guardian)

Read more about Richard Powers, who is on the Booker Prize shortlist, in his conversation with Barbara Kingsolver in the latest issue of Poets & Writers.

The Washington Post visits the American Poetry Museum in Washington, D.C., a one-room museum that opened fifteen eyars ago and “has baffled donors and visitors alike.”

The Atlantic considers the rise of Instapoets, who “are not just artists—they’re entreprenuers.”

Read more about the growth of Instapoetry in Maggie Millner’s piece “Instapoets Prove Powerful in Print.” (Poets & Writers)

Writer Celeste Ng reveals the online harassment Asian American women face for dating non-Asian men. (Cut)

“I do this because I am lucky to be able to. I do this because those in power would prefer to see us silenced.” Marisa Siegel, the editor in chief and owner of the Rumpus, has written a letter in support of Moira Donegan, who Stephen Elliot—the founder of the Rumpus—has sued for $1.5 million in damages, claiming his inclusion on the “Shitty Media Men” list she created was defamatory.

Poet Linda Gregerson talks about her identity as a Midwesterner, poetry’s power to restore people’s ability to communicate, and her most recent book, Prodigal. (Westword)