National Book Award Longlist in Poetry, Stormy Daniels Memoir, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

The National Book Foundation (NBF) has announced the longlist for its 2018 poetry award. Rae Armantrout, Terrance Hayes, Justin Phillip Reed, Natasha Trethewey, and Jenny Xie are among the longlisted poets. (New Yorker)

The NBF will announce the nonfiction longlist later today and the fiction longlist tomorrow. The young adult literature and translation longlists were announced yesterday. (New Yorker)

Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film star who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, will publish a memoir with St. Martin’s Press in October. Full Disclosure will cover her work in the adult film business and her alleged affair with Donald Trump. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House has already sold 1 million copies, with 750,000 sold on its publication day. (Publishers Weekly)

Poet Robert Pinsky considers the role of higher education in building a democratic culture. (Boston Globe)

Romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, who once wrote an essay “How to Murder Your Husband,” has been charged with shooting and killing her husband of twenty-seven years. (Washington Post)

Five authors, including Kevin Kwan, Jasmine Guillory, and Jenny Han, describe how they dress their fictional characters. (Vox)

Adam Kirsch considers the court battle between German and Israeli archives over Franz Kafka’s manuscripts, which is explored in Benjamin Balint’s forthcoming book, The Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy. (Atlantic)

Do celebrities with book clubs actually pick books worth reading? (Washington Post)