Muslim Voices in Publishing, University of Toronto Press Donates to Black Lives Matter, and More

by Staff
2.15.21

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.

“The idea for Muslim Voices in Publishing was born out of a feeling of loneliness.” Nazima Abdillahi writes about the impetus behind Muslim Voices in Publishing, a network and platform for U.K. Muslim publishing professionals and writers. (Bookseller)

The University of Toronto Press has donated $2,000 CAD to the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter. Last year, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the press committed to donating all 2020 profits from the sale of its Black studies books. (Publishers Weekly)

A new website honoring the legacy of poet James Tate launched over the weekend. The site includes a poem index and extensive audio and video content.

“I was really young, and I didn’t realize that I was going through a kind of culture shock and a shock of identity.” Karen Tei Yamashita reflects on writing about her identity as a third-generation Japanese American. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“You can put something off, and keep putting it off, but eventually you have no choice but to take the risk in order to maintain a certain level of self-respect and mental health.” Zak Salih describes the sense of urgency that fuels his writing. (Lambda Literary)

“Who better to write novelistic television than novelists?” Meredith Maran interviews several novelists who have found success in TV writing, including Charles Yu, Sheri Holman, and Walter Mosley. (Los Angeles Times)

“I’m sure there were times when he said, ‘Oh, the hell with this,’ and ‘Crikey, she’s being thorough—she’s excavating my whole life.’” Renowned biographer Hermione Lee talks to the New York Times about tackling her latest subject: Tom Stoppard.

Hanif Abdurraqib tells the Strategist about eight of his favorite belongings and products, including black tourmaline crystals and a special hibiscus tea.