Lisa Willis Leads Cave Canem as Interim Executive Director, Poetry As Activism, and More

by Staff
6.1.21

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.

Cave Canem has appointed Lisa Willis to serve as interim executive director. Willis, who has worked at Cave Canem as the development manager since September last year, succeeds Ann Marie Lonsdale, who departed the organization in May. “It is an honor to be selected and trusted to carry out the role of Interim Executive Director for Cave Canem at this pivotal moment,” said Willis.

Michael Kleber-Diggs and Su Hwang, who both contributed to the new anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love, discuss poetry as activism. “I think we need many kinds of activism,” says Kleber-Diggs. “We need protests and civil disobedience and policy and people to promote that policy. We also need art and artists, including poets.” (BOMB)

“My hope was that readers would become immersed enough in the time and the landscape that I could try to do this sneaky substitution of the traditional Western hero for this Chinese American assassin.” Tom Lin talks to the New York Times about claiming and subverting the Western genre with his debut novel, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu.

The winners of this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards have been revealed. Among the honorees, Hachette UK earned the Inclusivity in Publishing Award. (Bookseller)

“Sometimes people want to mystify where novels come from but often novels come from the most obvious source, simply what the writer is most persistently thinking about.” Francisco Goldman, the author of Monkey Boy, reflects on using autofiction to examine his inhibitions around love. (Literary Hub)

“It’s hard to know how they would function without each other at this point. I think they’re somewhat in conversation with one another.” Michelle Zauner discusses releasing her memoir, Crying in H Mart, and her latest album, Jubilee, in the same season. (Creative Independent)

Contributors to the Paris Review share highlights from their reading, listening, and viewing activity. Peyton Burgess keeps returning to a recording of a 1989 Nirvana concert.

Best-selling authors Paula Hawkins and Taylor Jenkins Reid talk inspiration, technology, likeability, and more. (Entertainment Weekly)