Lauren Groff’s New Story Collection, Lit Mag Rankings, 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:

Fiction writer Lauren Groff talks about her forthcoming story collection, Florida, and what’s it’s been like to write after Obama chose her 2015 novel, Fates and Furies, as his favorite book of the year. (Entertainment Weekly)

What’s the best way to be a patron of the arts in the Internet age? Kickstarter is looking to answer this question with Drip, a new tool for individual writers, artists, and publishers to raise money for their work. Supporters can subscribe to donate money to an artist on an ongoing basis; the artist will, in turn, offer previews, behind-the-scene peeks, and other benefits to subscribers.

Writer Clifford Garstang has released his annual list of literary magazine rankings in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, based on the number of appearances a journal makes in the annual Pushcart Prize anthologies. The 2018 anthology came out last week, and the submission deadline for next year’s Pushcart Prizes is two weeks away.

The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced tonight in New York City. At Literary Hub, Emily Temple interviews eighteen of the finalists, including fiction finalists Jesmyn Ward and Carmen Maria Machado, poetry finalists Danez Smith and Leslie Harrison, and nonfiction finalists David Grann and Erica Armstrong Dunbar.

Kentucky for Kentucky, an organization that promotes the state, deliberately placed an ad with a glaring typo in the Oxford American to catch its readers’ attention. (Adweek)

Poet Stephanie Burt, a self-professed Taylor Swift fan, offers a critique of the pop star’s poetry, which was released with her latest album, Reputation, on Friday. (Cosmopolitan)

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, writers and critics, including Elliot Ackerman, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Emma Cline, write about how they celebrate the holiday. (New York Times)

“In a strange way, Louise Erdrich is perhaps our least famous great American writer; she is not reclusive, but she is reticent, and her public appearances give the impression of a carefully controlled performance. But Erdrich has also shared many of her most intimate emotions and experiences, in some form, in her novels.” At Buzzfeed Reader, Rumaan Alam profiles Louise Erdrich, whose latest novel, Future Home of the Living God, came out yesterday.