National Translation Awards Longlists, Lars Horn Wins Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, and More

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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 American Literary Translators Association has announced the longlists for its annual National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose. With twelve titles selected for prose and ten for poetry, this year’s longlists feature work translated from thirteen different languages. The shortlists will be announced at the end of the month. 

Lars Horn has won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for their manuscript Voice of the Fish, which “combines personal essay, mythology, theology, and marine history to explore questions of the body, particularly, gender, sexuality, transmasculinity, and illness.” Previous recipients of the prize include writers Esmé Weijun Wang and Leslie Jamison. 

Last Wednesday, Poets & Writers literary outreach coordinator Kelly Harris hosted a multi-genre, virtual reading to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Joshua Baraja wrote about the event for PBS NewsHour, and spoke to participating poets Asia Rainey and Mona Lisa Saloy about art as a site of both grief and resilience

Two major players in publishing—Bertelsmann, the owner of Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins—have signalled interest in acquiring Simon & Schuster from its current parent company, ViacomCBS. (Publishers Weekly)

“When you’re a refugee in a place that’s a little bit more homogeneous, I think the first question you end up getting asked over and over again is, what are you doing here?” Daniel Nayeri discusses his debut novel, Everything Sad Is Untrue, and rendering his experience as a refugee in fiction. (NPR) 

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me has officially appeared on the New York Times best-seller list for one hundred weeks. 

At Entertainment Weekly, Sigrid Nunez offers brief reflections on the writing process behind five of her novels

Vulture highlights nineteen of its most-anticipated fall titles, including Memorial by Bryan Washington and Just Us by Claudia Rankine.