Johnny Cash’s Unpublished Poems, a Defense of the Comic Novel, and More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:

The Authors Guild is offering an Emerging Writer Membership for the first time. The membership, which provides “resources, information, and community” at a lower rate than a full membership, is designed for writers of any age who have not yet published a book.

The Poetry Foundation features Paul Muldoon’s introduction to a forthcoming book of Johnny Cash’s unpublished poems. Edited by Muldoon, Johnny Cash: Forever Words comes out next month from Blue Rider Press.

Examining works from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Saul Bellow’s Herzog, novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson writes a defense of the comic novel. (New Statesman)

In the spirit of Halloween, Electric Literature asks several authors—including James Hannaham, Lynne Tillman, and Teddy Wayne—to share their favorite scary stories.

The New York Times features a profile of fiction writer Brit Bennet, whose debut novel, The Mothers, is out now from Riverhead.

Ahead of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 16, writer E. Ce Miller suggests the poetry finalist to read based on other collections you love. For example, if you loved Duende by Tracy K. Smith, read Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi. (Bustle)

At the New Yorker, Julie Phillips writes about the influence and legacy of fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. “She resists attempts to separate her more mainstream work from her science fiction. She is a genre author who is also a literary author, not one or the other but indivisibly both.”