Inaugural PERIPLUS Fellows, Kiki Petrosino Wins Rilke Prize, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

PERIPLUS, a new mentorship collective to support BIPOC writers, has announced its inaugural fellowship recipients. Fifty-five established writers, including Hanif Abdurraqib, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Hernan Diaz, have each been matched with an emerging BIPOC writer and will provide them with creative and professional mentorship. (Literary Hub)

Kiki Petrosino has won this year’s University of North Texas Rilke Prize for her latest poetry collection, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia. The $10,000 prize honors a work of “exceptional artistry and vision by a mid-career poet.”

“Perhaps more than anything, Afrofuturist comics are a means of staking a racially inclusive claim on a multitude of futures.” Robert Ito reports on the surging popularity of Afrofuturist graphic narratives. (New York Times)

“Reality—or one’s understanding of it—can be as dependent on pain as it is on hope, and Ditlevsen is addicted to both.” Hilton Als marvels at the intelligence and fortitude of Danish writer Tove Ditlevsen. (New Yorker)

“These horoscopes are presented in the spirit of fun, delight, and wonder.” Swati Khurana introduces twelve works of flash fiction that each represent a different astrological sign. (Margins)

“One of our great hopes is that the book will participate in the work of destigmatizing kink by making it more visible.” R. O. Kwon reflects on the publication of Kink, a new story anthology she coedited with Garth Greenwell. (Guardian)

Publishers Weekly interviews independent booksellers across the United States about their approaches to e-commerce.

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Carly Lane recommends romance novels to pair with popular romantic comedy films. (Vulture)