N. Scott Momaday Awarded Frost Medal, Challenging Stereotypes at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and More

by Staff
2.19.21

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 Poetry Society of America has honored N. Scott Momaday with the 2021 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. In the award citation, the board wrote, “His poems, often meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the American landscape, evoke the essence of human experience.”

“Cowboy poetry is a complex and evolving art, staying true to its roots and relevant to modern Western ranch culture.” KT Sparks writes about the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which took place online this year. She celebrates how the festival challenges cowboy stereotypes and foregrounds the diversity of the American West. (Electric Literature)

Reese’s Book Club has partnered with KitchenAid to produce “Eat the Book,” an online series in which authors from the book club will team up with chefs to prepare a meal inspired by their work. The first episode, which features Jasmine Guillory, author of The Proposal, is now available. (Kirkus)

“It was an incredibly difficult book to write, because it’s very personal.” Imbolo Mbue talks to the New York Times about the emotions behind her latest novel, How Beautiful We Were.

Mbue graces the cover of the latest issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. A profile of the author by Renée H. Shea is available exclusively in print.

“Imagine asking your teeth to stay six feet apart.” Dentist and writer Ghinwa Jawhari uses the language of teeth to talk about the pandemic and intimacy. (Catapult)

“I didn’t have a plan—I never have a plan. I submit to the story and see what happens.” Karin Tidbeck on the writing process behind their new novel, The Memory Theater. (BOMB)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recommends twenty-five books by Black Canadian authors, including Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi and Gutter Child by Jael Richardson.

The staff at Milkweed Editions feature in the first edition of Literary Hub’s new series, Interview With an Indie Press.