NEA Report on Arts and Reading, Woodward on Writing Fear, 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 released a new report on arts attendance and literary reading over the past fifteen years. The report shows the number of people that attend visual or performing arts activities has grown in the past five years, as has the number of people who are reading poetry.

“I am convinced that people need to wake up and not kind of pretend this is just politics or this is partisan.” Bob Woodward talks with NPR’s Terry Gross about why he wrote his book Fear: Trump in the White House, which was officially released yesterday.

Eileen Myles talks about political writing, Instagram as the “new playground” for poetry, and her new poetry collection, Evolution. (Vanity Fair)

Gary Shteyngart shares how “one of the most unexpected and crushing lines in fiction” has influenced his understanding of human relationships. (Atlantic)

The Whiting Foundation has expanded its second annual Literary Magazine Prizes to include two development grants—one for a print magazine, another for an online publication.

The National Book Foundation has kicked of the announcements of the longlists for its annual prizes, starting with young people’s literature. (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Public Library has announced the shortlists for its annual prizes in fiction/poetry and nonfiction. The winners will be announced on November 2.

“But the only thing you really need to know about Katerina is that it’s ridiculous, a book so heated by narcissism that you have to read it wearing oven mitts.” Ron Charles declares James Frey’s Katerina as maybe “the worst novel of the year.” Frey is known for fabricating large portions of his 2003 memoir, A Million Little Pieces. (Washington Post)