NetGalley Reports Data Breach, Documents From a Literary Life, and More

by Staff

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.

NetGalley has informed users that some personal information—including login details, names, and e-mail addresses—may have been compromised in an “unauthorized and unlawful” data breach on December 21. In addition to reviewing its security standards, the company has since prompted all members to change their passwords. (Bookseller)

Washington Post critic Michael Dirda sorts through his many boxes of “paper clutter,” unearthing a postcard from Daphne Merkin and a note from Stephen King, among other gems. “Each box brought to mind old acquaintances—friends, colleagues and reviewers—who, like the days of auld lang syne themselves, can never be forgot. Certainly not by me.” 

“One thing for me that is important is this book existing as a signpost that it is possible to be and move in the world as someone who is trans, who is disabled.” torrin a. greathouse discusses the writing of her debut poetry collection, Wound From the Mouth of a Wound, and the importance of representation. (NPR)

greathouse is one of ten poets featured in “A Life in Poetry: Our Sixteenth Annual Look at Debut Poets” in the latest issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

“We want to figure ourselves out so that we will never be surprised by ourselves. But the truth is that we are forever changing.” Chris Stedman talks to the Believer about his latest work, IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

“I had no template, and I knew the opposition I was going to face.” In a profile at the New York Times, Robert Jones Jr. reflects on centering Black queer love in his debut novel, The Prophets.

“As a writer, I’ve spent my life immersed in language, but this relationship, like all relationships, is fraught.” David L. Ulin writes about his aversion to certain words. (Atlantic

The Millions pays tribute to prominent writers who died in 2020, including Mary Higgins Clark and John le Carré.

Mandana Chaffa recommends five new poetry collections that “feel especially attuned to this year and experiences of loss.” (Chicago Review of Books)