Macmillan Offers Employees Hybrid and All-Remote Work Options, Writing Poetry in Gaza, and More

by Staff
6.9.21

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.

Macmillan plans to reopen its New York City office on October 18, but will allow employees to “choose the number of days per week they work in the office, or choose to work fully remotely” through June 30, 2022. “We believe that allowing employees more flexibility to choose how they return and engage with the office in the future will likely make the office more dynamic, more frequently-used, and a stronger hub for our business,” said CEO Don Weisberg. (Publishers Lunch)

Poet Mohammed Moussa mourns the loss of Samir Mansour library and bookstore in Gaza, which was destroyed in a recent Israeli air strike. He checks in with fellow poets to learn how they are processing this moment and how life in Gaza informs their poetry. “The only thing that relieves us from the troubles of war is poetry,” says Maha Jaraba. “As bombs fall, I write. While learning of the death of my people, I still write.” (Al Jazeera)

“I saw in my peripheral view that everyone had jumped up and they all embraced me. It was the warmest hug I’ve ever felt.” Alexandra Huỳnh recalls the moment she was named National Youth Poet Laureate. The announcement was made in a virtual ceremony on May 20. (NBC Asian America)

As HarperCollins prepares to fully integrate Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media, the company will avoid using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt name and branding by temporarily using the branding from the Mariner and Clarion imprints. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now focused on educational publishing and technology, first announced it would be selling its trade division to HarperCollins in March. (Publishers Weekly)

“It was my saying, If you can easily dismiss someone as a monster, maybe you haven’t thought about what it means to be a monster quite enough.” Alex DiFrancesco, the author of Transmutation, explains their interest in monsters and monstrousness. (Rumpus)

The Women’s Prize Trust has revealed the winner of its inaugural Discoveries contest. Emma van Straaten, selected for her novel manuscript “Heartstring,” has received representation with Curtis Brown, workspace at a NatWest Accelerator Hub, and £5,000. (Bookseller)

Dante scholar and beloved professor Robert Hollander died on April 20 at age eighty-seven. In collaboration with the poet Jean Hollander, his wife, he cowrote “what is considered by many to be the smoothest English translation” of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. (New York Times)

“The book circles around my mother in a language my mother doesn’t speak.” Silvina López Medin reflects on writing her first English-language book, Poem That Never Ends. (Harriet)