NEA Announces Grants, VCFA Launches International MFA, 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 Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients of its creative writing and translation fellowships for the 2018 fiscal year. The endowment will award $1.2 million in fellowships to thirty-six prose writers and twenty-two translators.

Vermont College of Fine Arts has launched an international MFA program focused on transnational literature and translation. The low-residency program’s first residencies will be held in Iceland, Hong Kong, and Vermont.

“He is neither completely banned, nor completely accepted in his native country.” The New York Times profiles Xue Yiwei, a major Chinese writer living in Canada, who is just beginning to gain readership in English.

In the first episode of the Atlantic’s new podcast, the Atlantic Interview, writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss self-righteousness among liberals and who is left out in the discussion about America.

The Washington Post has released its annual lists of notable books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more.

The Strand Magazine will publish “It’s All Right—He Only Died,” a previously unpublished story by Raymond Chandler that reveals some of the writer’s thoughts on the U.S. healthcare system.

“We still believe that we can save ourselves and our damaged earth—an indescribably difficult task as we discover that the web of life is far more mysteriously complex than we thought and subtly entangled with factors that we cannot even recognize. But we keep on trying, because there’s nothing else to do.” Vulture has published Annie Proulx’s acceptance speech for the lifetime achievement award she received at the National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Poets Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison discuss friendship, poetry, and writing with a disability. The two poets are collaborating on a collection about disability and trauma. (New York Times)