Lawrence Ferlinghetti Has Died, New Executives and Editors of Color, and More

by Staff
2.24.21

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.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet and founder of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, died on Monday at age 101. Among his many honors, Ferlinghetti earned the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America and served as the inaugural poet laureate of San Francisco. In addition to earning widespread acclaim for his own writing, Ferlinghetti is known as “the spiritual godfather of the Beat movement,” having published such major works as Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. (New York Times)

New York spoke with nine people of color who have recently stepped into new executive and editorial roles at the Big Five publishers. “I don’t focus on the legacy. I focus on the work we have to do,” says Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher at Simon & Schuster.

Creative Capital has appointed Christine Kuan to serve as its next president and executive director. Currently the CEO/Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York, Kuan reflected, “I am honored to join Creative Capital in its mission to support individual artists creating groundbreaking work confronting the most important issues of our time.” Creative Capital is best known for its flagship Creative Capital Awards, which provide project grants of up to $50,000 to artists in various disciplines.

In a conversation hosted by the New York University, author Brit Bennett, editor Sarah McGrath, and Riverhead Books director of marketing Ashley Sutton discussed the success of Bennett’s second novel, The Vanishing Half. (Publishers Weekly)

“Resistance must be remade and reimagined for each new political moment. Our resistance has its own history and its own blues, but it is continuous with other resistances.” Eula Biss writes on the history of resistance. (Paris Review Daily)

“It’s time to throw the ‘stages of grief’ out the window. People often expect grief to be a singular emotion when it’s really five, eight, or twelve emotions, sometimes all at once.” Tessa Miller, the author of What Doesn’t Kill You, reflects on learning to live with chronic illness. (CNN)

“I didn’t know if I would live to see the columns published; I only knew that I needed to write them.” Suleika Jaouad discusses detailing her cancer journey in her New York Times column, Life, Interrupted, and in her memoir, Between Two Kingdoms. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Madeleine Watts and Lucie Elven discuss the resonances between their respective debut novels, The Inland Sea and The Weak Spot. (Granta)